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Brisbane private schools raise tuition fees up to three times inflation rate
Note that these are tuition fees, not boarding fees. And they are getting close to the average wage. There is a strong belief in private schools in Queensland, however, so those who can afford it will. News of low discipline levels in government schools will help the committment to private schools. If all Catholic schools are included, 40% of Australian teenagers go private. Families save up for it.
The expensive private schools do ensure that there will be a relatively impenetrable economic elite in Australia -- which is generally deplored -- but while the government schools are so chaotic, that will continue. No Queenslander with financial options would be likely to send his kids to a government school. But while Leftist ideas of educational methodology rule government schools they will reinforce a two-speed educational system. Left-run schools are the enemy of social mobility. Despite being "free", they provide very little competition to the private schools
PRIVATE schools across Brisbane will raise tuition fees this year by two to three times the rate of inflation.
Brisbane Boys’ College, which is owned by the scandal-stricken Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association, will increase fees by 6.3 per cent in 2019 – more than three times the inflation rate of 1.9 per cent.
The school will charge $23,300 for high school students this year – $1384 more than last year’s tuition costs.
Its sister school, Clayfield College, will increase its Year 12 fees to $18,330, a 3.5 per cent increase.
Somerville House, another PMSA school, will increase fees by 3 per cent to $22,680.
The increases follow controversies over PMSA finances, a data security breach, lewd texts and the dismissal of Somerville House principal Flo Kearney last year.
Elite Catholic girls’ school Stuartholme will increase fees by $1092 to $19,176.
Queensland’s most expensive private school, Brisbane Grammar – which charged senior students $25,900 last year after making a $7.9 million surplus – has not published its 2019 fees.
But its sister school, Brisbane Girls’ Grammar, will increase fees for senior students by 3.2 per cent to $24,910 in 2019. The elite girls’ school made a $2.1 million surplus in 2017 and paid principal Jacinda Euler a $476,483 salary package.
Independent Schools Queensland executive director David Robertson said governing bodies tried to keep fees down, but rising costs, including increasing teacher wages, forced them up.
“Queensland independent school governing bodies are responsible for setting school fees each year, with fee levels varying from school to school depending on a range of factors such as their curriculum offerings, size of their teaching and non-teaching workforce, student needs and future plans,” Mr Robertson said.
“Boards strive to main affordable fee levels for their communities. They carefully consider the circumstances of their parent communities, their school’s level of public funding and the broader economic environment...
“Independent school boards are very conscious of the investment and sacrifice many families make for their children’s education, and endeavour to set tuition fees that are affordable for their communities, while at the same time balancing increasing staff wages, technology and other costs.
“Continuing increases in enrolments in the independent sector confirm that parents value the education provided by independent schools.
“Staff salaries, which account for about 70 per cent of school costs — and have been growing at rates above CPI, depending on the school’s enterprise bargaining arrangements — are a significant factor in school fee levels.
“Many independent schools offer scholarships or bursaries, sibling discounts and all-inclusive fee options to ensure an independent education is available to as many Queensland families as possible.”
Good Education Group’s Sam Sapuppo said parents may be unaware of hidden costs that could increase quickly. “These hidden costs could be the increasing costs of OH&S,” he said.
“Some educational costs shouldn’t be considered ‘additional costs’ but rather should be considered part of a holistic learning experience, what schools these days are calling ‘learning beyond the classroom’ such as excursions, camps, extra curricular activities, technology programs.”
By JR on Friday, January 11, 2019
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