Why are private schools receiving extra Govt funding?
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 12:00a.m.
Over the next four years private schools in New Zealand are to receive $35 million extra from an already stretched education budget.
Meanwhile, adult community night class funding has been slashed by $54 million, enviro school funding has been cut and low decile state schools are seeing serious reductions.
In south Auckland, Kings College and Otahuhu College run alongside each other, yet their financial situations could not be more different.
Kings College is a decile 10 school,has 950 students and had a 95 percent university entrance success rate last year.
It is also one of the best funded colleges in the country.
Otahuhu College on the other hand, is the largest decile one school in the country with around 1400 students.
That means the school receives little in the way of parental donations and doesn't even bother trying to fund-raise.
Despite the constraints, Otahuhu College does manage to balance its books thanks to the extra money it gets from the Government because of its low decile rating.
But a Government decision to lift a 10 year old cap on subsidies for private schools has sent a cold shiver through low decile schools across the country.
Four percent of all students in New Zealand are in private education, yet private schools presently get about 20 percent of the subsidy that state school students get.
The new National Government is seeing that amount increase to about 30 percent.
So how do private schools justify the increase in funding and what can be done to assist struggling low decile schools?
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16/02/2013 7:57:24 p.m.
Martin Wheeler wrote:
Has this changed? And how does it balance with all the changes the gov't is currently doing to public education?
6/06/2012 9:55:28 p.m.
"Four percent of all students in New Zealand are in private education, yet private schools presently get about 20 percent of the subsidy that state school students get."
What kind of a sentence is that? What does it mean? Are you implying that 4% of students get 20% of the Education budget? I am questioning whether you are trying to stir up the issue with ambiguity.
30/05/2012 4:21:42 p.m.
I want a subsidy to buy books. That way, I won't be using the public library, and will save ratepayers money.On another topic, I know a family who send their children to private schools. Their school has class trips to Vietnam, team trips to Australia and swap students with Britain. I don't see why I should pay their fees.
25/07/2010 4:03:29 p.m.
Private schools are a benefit to society and are saving the government millions each year as they reduce the number of students under the state schools funded completely by the government. They also pay GST to the government for any costs or incomes along with taxes in the staffs wages. The government as offset a small proportion of these costs but is still in favour of the government. Other more successful countries such as Australia do not charge GST to private schools, and 35% of Australian students are enrolled at a private school. Here in NZ, most of the state school students have become worse and worse to the point of idiocy. We need to take GST off private school costs to allow for more private schools and a better education system in NZ.
11/06/2010 5:57:21 p.m.
@Tim, you are a complete moron. since you went to a public school, you are completely oblivious to the wonders of a decent education and it is no surprise you turned out as such a moron, as previously stated
3/06/2010 12:22:45 p.m.
Te amokura hemetangi whakarongo matai smith Te Aho tatairangi Te Karere wrote:
i was priviledged enough to attend a private school. "Priviledge" because our school was well-equipped and well resourced however there was not an advantage over public schools in reference to the quality of education. should public school have the benefit of obtaining the resources that we had at private schools. i believe that this would enhance and bring public schools to an equal state of quality education like that of private schools. thus the only real advatage of private schooling was the accessibility to resources.
20/04/2010 7:38:05 p.m.
Re tim, I also went to a state school but having taught at a private school I must say there should be more private schools. It is no wonder you went to a public school and ended up like the way you did with absolutely no reasoning or common sense.
12/03/2010 9:27:58 a.m.
The initial article covers the story well, but it is interesting to read the follow-up responses. Most surprising is that so many don't recognise the basic variable i.e. that private schools are perfectly free to select their clientele. Whether this is based on need (if compatible with a Trust's mission) or that a 'poor lad' who is a fine athlete muscles and can add huge value to the school's Rugby team - or obviously, a 'poor' child who is bright and brainy and no trouble. "Ability to select" is the variable all commentators should have uppermost. On the other hand, a State school legally must take all it's neighbourhood youngsters on board, even though with the '(un?)desirable suburb' variations that can seem to offer anything from a 'rich' to a 'poor' overall pre-existing esprit or lack of. A private school selects, and further more can kick out (politely, of course) a youngster who disrupts the ambience. A strange note runs through the threads though; many are implying that a private school offers a 'better' education without explaining "how so?"
Criteria selected students will be a lot easier to teach, won't they? Add higher parental concern and involvement and a softer task emerges for a teacher, who might not have been all that 'good' with a class of parently neglected unmotivated scalliwags. All of which points to the government needing to increase support (higher staffing ratio, for a start) to struggling schools
11/03/2010 6:40:10 a.m.
Oh boo hoo. There is nothing wrong with going to a State School. Private schools should get no funding from the government and if you can't afford to go there, go to a State School. I went to both, and as far as I'm concerned the State Schools I went to were a million times better.
14/02/2010 9:10:56 p.m.
I also attend a private school in NZ, and "privateschooler"'s statement basically sums up my view. well said
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