...funding should go instead towards employing counsellors and student support staff. Schools across Australia need the resources to employ properly qualified counsellors, student support officers and other non-teaching staff to help students through difficult times.Peter James, COE of Scripture Union Queensland said:
Even though that model might be invalid, it does not keep chaplains from supporting school communities. Instead, it means that a new funding model is needed.to which one of the respondents wrote:
Like maybe the churches/synagogues/mosques paying for their own proselytizing?Hear, hear!
Update May 2014: It is most disappointing to see that the Abbott Government has removed the funding for counsellors. Sounds like time for another High Court challenge ...