A MEETING of the Asso
ciation of Catholic Direct Grant • Schools last weekend confirmed the view of
its chairman, Fr. Anthony Doyle (CATHOLIC HERALD, April 3), that if the recommendations of the Donnison report go through most would cooperate in going comprehensive rather than opt for independence, but they would rather stay as they are now
Fr. Doyle said this week: "Some of our schools will probably go independent, but most of them will neither be able to afford to go independent nor would they wish to do so. They want to cater for the whole Catholic community, not just those who can afford fees?'
The meeting went on to pass a resolution stressing that the schools would need a 100 percent grant in the event of going comprehensive both for future developments and to meet present commitments, and would prefer it to be administered from a central fund, as envisaged under Scheme A in the Donnison report.
Fr. Doyle pointed out that this was purely "a meeting for discussion." He said: "Decisions rest entirely with the governors of each school, and are unlikely to be taken for a very considerable time."
The Donnison report, pub lished on March 24 was the second report of the Public ' Schools Commission. It reommended that if direct grant and independent day schools were to go on receiving public money they should be made to go comprehensive.
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