Non-Catholic parents are baptising their children, befriending priests and even going to church on Sundays in an effort to improve their children’s chances of getting a Catholic education.
With waiting lists for Catholic schools at an all-time high, principals suspect some parents are "exaggerating their Catholic credentials" to enhance their children’s enrolment prospects.
Catholic schools are seen as offering a cheap, but quality, alternative to expensive private schools for those parents who don’t wish to send their children to a state-funded school.
Average annual fees range between $240 and $500 a year – about double the cost of a state education, but thousands of dollars less than private schools.
The efforts by non-Catholic parents to get around the Church’s tough selection criteria is another twist in the whole school selection saga that has forced some teachers to try to catch out parents trying to get around the rules.
Schools have reported more and more parents are making false declarations about where they live in a bid to get their children into the school of their choice.
Some parents have given addresses of industrial properties, half-built houses and, in one case, a massage parlour. [Source]
Maybe they could have a pop test of basic questions about the Catholic faith. Oh wait… that would probably exclude most Catholic parents.
Oh wait… that would probably exclude most Catholic parents.
Or encourage them to learn their faith. It might be a good idea after all…
Chances are that in New Zealand, the people grading the papers wouldn’t even know the right answers.
Better yet, require of all parents that they attend a weekly Mass and presentation on the Catechism. Everyone benefits, especially the kids.
$240 to $500 a year? Try triple that and then some. it’s over $1500 a student a year in Indiana and the parish picks up the other %40 if you’re part of the congregation.
“Average annual fees range between $240 and $500 a year – about double the cost of a state education, but thousands of dollars less than private schools.”
What the heck?! Since when?!?!?!?!?!
When I went to Catholic school for two years, the cost was somewhere around 3000 a year!
Who honestly had checked out a Catholic school that was this cheap?
Meanwhile, Catholic parents are staying away from our schools in droves. Go figure.
This is in New Zealand. I believe the exchange rate is something like 1 NZ dollar to 2 or 3 American ones.
Funny about the pop test. I think 95% of our locals would fail.
Part of the reason our school is unsuccessful is because of its lack of Catholic faith. They like to emphasize the “christian” feel of the school.
And the divorced and pierced principal is a real turn off for a lot of people. Such a good role model for the children.