More students in public schools
THE proportion of students enrolling at public schools is increasing statewide, according to Education Minister Peter Collier.
He said he was proud of public schools in WA, which had grown to 66.3 per cent of the student market share in semester 1 of 2015, compared to 66.2 per cent the same time last year.
“For the fourth consecutive year, public schools have increased their market share of students, reversing the trend of steady decline over three decades,” he said.
innovations, including increased autonomy through the Independent Public School program, have helped convince many parents public education is an excellent option.”
According to figures provided by Mr Collier, there were 292,952 full-time students enrolled at public schools this year, and 148,980 at private schools.
The proportion of public school students has increased annually since a low of 65.5 per cent in 2011, but remains well below the peak of 79.4 per cent in 1985.