More stu­dents in public schools

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

“Nu­mer­ous

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.

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