KURNOOL, INDIA – Kurnool diocese in India’s Andhra Pradesh has come up with an ambitious plan to educate all its Catholic children and improve their lot.
On July 9, Bishop Anthony Poola of Kurnool met with the heads of Catholic educational institutions to discuss how best to achieve this goal.
The 102 participants present decided that no school will deny admission to a Catholic child. The school heads said students will be exempt from all fees except for 50 percent of the monthly tuition fee.
If any parent has three children, the school will educate the third one free, they said.
Students that have no Catholic school in their locality will be accommodated in boarding houses attached to the schools for just 1,000 rupees (S$27) a year.
The diocese will meet the rest of the expenses, said Archbishop Poola.
For little children, the diocese has already started kindergartens in remote villages.
Two districts – Kurnool and Anantapur – fall under Kurnool diocese, with a combined Catholic population of 72,000. The diocese has 123 Church-run schools. - UCANEWS.COM