Ed­u­ca­tion costs soar: re­port

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - REUBEN ADAMS

THE In­de­pen­dent Schools Coun­cil of Aus­tralia (ISCA) is dis­put­ing re­search which claims that the es­ti­mated cost of a pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion has soared by 64 per cent in the past decade.

The Plan­ning for Ed­u­ca­tion In­dex from Aus­tralian ed­u­ca­tion in­vest­ment fund ASG as­serted that the es­ti­mated cost of a pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion across metropoli­tan Aus­tralia for a child born in 2017 was $487,093; a jump of

$190,820 com­pared to a child born in 2007. The es­ti­mated cost of a sys­temic ed­u­ca­tion soared by 57 per cent over the same pe­riod to $239,672, while the cost of a Gov­ern­ment ed­u­ca­tion climbed 25 per cent in the past 10 years to $68,613.

The sur­vey named Syd­ney ($575,140) as the most ex­pen­sive city in Aus­tralia to ed­u­cate a child in the pri­vate school sys­tem, at 18 per cent above the na­tional metropoli­tan av­er­age

($487,093) and sig­nif­i­cantly more ex­pen­sive than Mel­bourne ($536,515) and Can­berra

($447,307).

ASG said the re­search – based on more than 12,500 re­sponses from par­ents – cal­cu­lated a range of vari­ables in­clud­ing school fees, trans­port, uni­forms, com­put­ers, school ex­cur­sions and sport­ing trips to de­ter­mine the cost of ed­u­ca­tion.

School fees, the cost of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ex­cur­sions and uni­forms all rose in the past year, how­ever com­put­ers and trans­port costs had fallen when com­pared to

2016.

The In­de­pen­dent Schools Coun­cil of Aus­tralia (ISCA) said that the re­search did not re­flect the ma­jor­ity of In­de­pen­dent schools.

ISCA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Co­lette Colman said that while ASG stated that their school fee fig­ures rep­re­sented the up­per ranges that par­ents can rea­son­ably ex­pect to pay, “they ne­glect to show just how small a pro­por­tion of Aus­tralia’s In­de­pen­dent schools are ac­tu­ally charg­ing the kind of fees that could con­tribute to those sorts of cu­mu­la­tive costs”.

“ASG’S fee es­ti­mates state that the 2018 na­tional metropoli­tan up­per-range fig­ure par­ents could ex­pect to pay in se­condary school fees is $21,004 per an­num,” she said.

“How­ever, the most re­cent of­fi­cial data shows a me­dian Aus­tralian metropoli­tan In­de­pen­dent school fee of $6,441 per an­num.

“Na­tion­ally, 70 per cent of metropoli­tan In­de­pen­dent schools are charg­ing be­low $10,000 per an­num.”

“They ne­glect to show just how small a pro­por­tion of Aus­tralia’s In­de­pen­dent schools are ac­tu­ally charg­ing the kind of fees that could con­tribute to those sorts of cu­mu­la­tive costs.”

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