After slashing Gonski promises and passing the buck to the states, it seems that the ‘age of entitlement’ is yet to end for private education.
David Zyngier, a senior lecturer of education at Monash University, points out that the federal government will fund an additional $245.3 million over five years to continue the National School Chaplaincy Program until December 2018, directing more money to the church instead of employing more counsellors.
They’re also providing, via the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program, an extra $6.8 million in 2014‑15 to ‘specific non‑government schools’ for ‘the additional costs associated with boarding and educating indigenous students from remote communities’.
Yet the vast majority of indigenous students attend public schools.
They have kept very quiet about changing any funding arrangements for non-government schools.
The two-tiered education system will be more firmly entrenched than ever, as with Australian society in general.
Other notable losers, post budget, will be the environment, rural communities, farmers, and our indigenous minorities, save for the lucky few who will attend wealthy private schools to help justify their inflated funding.
Sue McLeod, Myocum