AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
PRESS RELEASE 343
PRIVATE SCHOOLS OBTAIN ‘SPECIAL CONSIDERATION’
FOR HSC STUDENTS IN NSW
Public school parents and students have become inured to wealthy private schools and parents crying ‘poor’ and playing with ‘statistics and damned statistics’ when it comes to public funding. But the use of ‘special consideration’ and ‘special allowances’ for students at New South Wales private schools in order to nurse students through the HSC beggars belief.
As well as provisions for people with genuine disabilities such as Braille papers and large print paper, special provisions include extra time or rest breaks for conditions including emotional and physical disabilities.
Patty, the Education Editor of the Sydney
Morning Herald (don’t hold your breath for
The Age to give similar information
on private schools and the VCE for
Almost 42% of students at one private school received special allowances in this year’s Higher School Certificate exams. This amounted to almost eight times more than the average proportion at public schools.
Furthermore, twenty-five private schools, including Reddam House, Scots College, Masada College, Frensham, Cranbrook and SCEGGS- all of which fall into the high fee category, received special consideration for their HSC students at more than twice the rate of public schools.
In spite of a promise to review the system of providing ‘special consideration’ for students suffering from emotional and physical disabilities after the behaviour of private schools in 2008, the trend has continued in 2009.
The following figures are of particular interest:
2008 2009 SCHOOL
18.20 41.70 Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner
14.80 17.00 The
Taxpayers can thank the NSW Greens for the analysis of government figures. Unfortunately Victorians could only wish that their Greens representatives would support public schools and provide similar figures for their State.
In NSW the Board of studies granted special provisions for the 2009 HSC examinations to 9. 5 per cent of students at private schools, 7.6% of students at Catholic schools and 5.3 per cent of students at public schools.
Yet the proportion of actual students with a disability at public schools in NSW is 4.8 per cent which is almost double to 2.6 per cent at private schools.
The NSW Greens MP John Kaye said that wealthy private schools were getting much more than their fair share of special examination provisions.
But, private school apologists spun the words around. The executive director form the Asosciation of Independent Schools NSW, Geoff Newcombe said the system did not aim to provide advantage but aimed at correcting disadvantage.
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