Opposition Leader Tony Abbott
The National Catholic Education Commission has voiced its concerns, along with other education groups, about budget cuts unveiled by the Opposition this week.
The Coalition was under pressure over the $1.5bn in cuts to education and training included in its budget figures released on Wednesday, which added to the $3.5bn in cuts to education programs already announced, reports The Australian.
It plans to abolish a $330 million scheme for disadvantaged schools and a $227m program to help low-income students to gain university entry; and cut $950m from apprenticeships.
The chairwoman of the National Catholic Education Commission, Therese Temby, said disadvantaged Catholic schools would bear the brunt.
"This funding is helping schools to serve disadvantaged communities and to address the learning needs of students and families," Mrs Temby said.
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