Dimensions of poverty: Education. ACOSS 2011 National Conference Kathy Landvogt Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service. ‘ Education was free, because it served the public benefit’. Education should be free, secular and compulsory: Education Act Victoria 1872.
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Dimensions of poverty: Education
ACOSS 2011 National Conference
Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service
‘Education was free, because it served the public benefit’
Is education still a ticket to participation for all?
Standard educational program
Voluntary = -$100
1st policy failure: user-pays
(Warrnambool High School 1915)
Some parent payments have always been accepted
e.g. cookery ingredients
But parents are being asked to pay more and more for textbooks, stationery, uniforms…
IT is now essential to the standard education program everywhere
So why are parents paying for IT? And who is setting the limit?
Australia's State of Victoria is experimenting with an iPad pilot project; likely the first of many. Photo courtesy of Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
(Excursion to Lake Boga 1910)
But parents are still paying, and costs are going up
What parents pay
i-pad insurance $150
School fees for essential items $460
Leadership program (camp) $200
Rest of uniform $350
PLUS Voluntary contribution $200
School fees for essential items $225
Misc uniform (Uniform already purchased) $55
PLUS Voluntary contribution $130
PLUS any extras like musical instrument
2nd policy failure: choice and competition
Government schools forced into uneven competition with non-government schools