EDITORIAL EDUCATION COMES AT A HIGH PRICE
AS children head back to school, It is interesting to look at new figures on the cost of education in the future. It will cost Perth parents of children born this year $400,000 to give them a private education. The ASG Planning for Education Index is based on 12,500 responses and measures variables such as school fees, transport, uniforms, computers, school excursions and sporting trips to determine the cost of education. And Perth is one of the most affordable cities to educate a child. Research forecasts government education here would cost $55,250, 17 per cent less than the national metropolitan average. The cost of education through religious schools in Perth will be $227,442 and a private education $393,870. Sydney ($552,351) and Melbourne ($512,283) were the most expensive for private schools. They say knowledge is power but it certain comes at a price.
Rick Lee - regional editor