Letter says funding for diocesan schools will go up by 3% under plan that others have argued will create fee increases of up to $5,000 a year

Claims by the Catholic sector that the Turnbull government’s new funding model could force its schools to raise fees by up to $5,000 have been undermined by the Brisbane archdiocese saying there will be “no major” fee increases in its schools next year.

In a letter sent on Thursday, the executive director of education, Pam Betts, reassured parents that Brisbane Catholic schools would receive a 3% funding increase and there would be no need for fee rises beyond about 3% in line with operating costs.

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