Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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

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