AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENCE OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS - D.O.G.S.
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MASSIVE PUBLIC FUNDING TO CHURCH SCHOOLS WITH MASSIVE FEES
PUBLIC SCHOOLS GO BEGGING FOR CRUMBS WHILE THE COALITION LOAD CREAM ON THEIR CAKE
The Federal Minister for Education, Dr Kemp is forcing taxpayers to give generously to Class 1 private church schools as he weeps tears for parents paying fees to obtain a first class ticket to heaven and the good job for their offspring.
The Weekly Times of July 18, 2001, in an Education Supplement pages 14-15 lists some of the fees at these schools. The public school parent is left dumbfounded at the mere contemplation of some of these fees. How many parents make in a year for all expenses for their children, the kind of money demanded for getting into the gates of the following schools. Just considering the following information:.
SCHOOL YEAR LEVEL TUITION BOARDING TOTAL FEES
Geelong College Year 9 $12,220 $ 7,420 $19,640
Year 12 $12,220 $11,644 $23,864
Geelong Grammar Year 5-8 $15,820 $10,140 $25,960
Year 9-12 $15,820 $11,380 $27,200
Melbourne Grammar Year 7-8 $11,280 $11,480 $22,760
Year 9-12 $12,380 $11,480 $23,860
College Year 7- 9 $12,440 $12,980 $25,420
Year 10-12 $12,960 $12,980 $25,940
Scotch College Year 7- 8 $12,414 $12,693 $25,107
Year 9 - 12 $12,927 $12,693 $25,620
David Kemp felt that these schools were so badly off that compared with public education between the years 2000 and 2004, he has budgeted for massive increases in recurrent per capita public funding alone. At the primary level, in terms of recurrent per capita funding alone, Geelong College will receive an increase of 18.1 times more than a public school child. Geelong Grammar will receive an increase of only 16.9 times more than a public school child. At the secondary level, for instance, Geelong College pupils will receive an increase of 14.9 times that of a public school student. Geelong Grammar will receive an increase of 14 times more than a public school student.
This means that in terms of recurrent per capita funding in the year 2004, it is projected that public schools will receive from Minister Kemp per capita, at the primary level of $523 and at the secondary level $772 whereas the comparable figures for Geelong College are $2496 at the primary level and $3269 at the secondary level and for Geelong Grammar, $2340 at the primary level and $3065 at the secondary level.
These figures do not take into account grants for capital expenditure, interest on loans, taxation advantages for parents and institutions by virtue of their "charitable" status.
Minister Kemp and private church schools are forever telling us that they save the taxpayer billions of dollars. Looking at the real figures one can only say that they are now costing the taxpayer billions of dollars while public schools are run on the cheap.
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