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Media release: 26 January 2013
Spectacular increases in wealthy private school fees demonstrate that public funding is not making them more affordable, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye
('Private school fees boom', Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January, p. 3, http://j.mp/SNDRn1)
Dr Kaye said: "The King's School charges fees of $28,905 despite receiving more than $4,300 per student in state and federal subsidies.
"While the exclusive North Parramatta school can spend more than $33,200
per student, Arthur Phillip High School spend just $10,500 to deliver
excellent education to each of its students.
"NSW's 73 wealthiest private schools receive more than $176 million a year
in taxpayers' funds.
"It is clear that they are becoming less affordable and that they spend far
more per student than any public school.
"This is taxpayers' money that would be much better spent on children in
public schools who come from disadvantaged communities. In those schools,
it would make a real difference to educational outcomes and would help
build a fairer society.
"Putting this money into elite private schools is only amplifying the
divide between wealth and poverty and squandering funds that could make a
real difference in public education.
"Far from making them more affordable, lavish public subsidies to these
schools are driving up fees and making them even more exclusive.
"The billions of dollars of state and federal funds have poured into these
schools since 1999 have not only denied resources to the public education
system. They have kick started an arms race between elite institutions,
played out with massive investments in luxurious facilities that impress
parents but do nothing to improve educational outcomes.
"The O'Farrell government claims to be facing a budget crisis. It could
begin by ending the $69 million it give to schools like King's, Sydney
Grammar and SHORE each year," Dr Kaye said.