Australian parents flock to a private school

According to a study conducted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Australian parents believe that children in private schools perform better than children in public schools.

The Australia Talks National Survey 2021 collected data from 60,000 Australian parents in the public and private sectors. The private sector is classified as a school with or without religion.

The survey results show that 92% of non-denominational private school parents are most satisfied with their children’s education, followed by non-Catholic religious schools (91%) and Catholic sector schools (85%). I will.

Surveys show a similar pattern in estimating parental satisfaction with teachers. 94% were satisfied with non-denominational private schools, 93% with non-Catholic religious schools, 87% with Catholics, and 82% with public schools.

The findings are reflected in data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which found the growing popularity of independent schools in Australia.

The number of people who prefer to send their children to private or Catholic schools has also doubled in the last three decades, with 35% of Australian parents now choosing private options.

“Independent schools offer a much more bespoke education,” said Sharon Leifer, whose three children attended a private school. Parents, “They can accelerate, they can get additional help, it is not done on the norm, it is done for individual children, and they are for children And I have great expectations for the children. I wish everyone had that choice. “

“In public school, when you were in the middle, you found that the quiet kid behind you wasn’t doing anything. [disruptive], You are barely noticed, “she said.

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Bracken Ridge High School classroom in Brisbane. (AAP image / Hivve)

Glenn Fahey, a researcher in education policy at the Center for Independent Research (CIS), told the Epoch Times that the number of registrants in the independent sector has tended to increase significantly over the years.

“Overall, there is definitely a move to non-public schools, which is probably driven by two things. One is the affordability of many non-public schools. But also disproportionately to the public schools sector. There seems to be dissatisfaction, “he said.

“And it is built around bureaucratic overkill and the influence of education unions that are far more experienced in the government sector than in the non-government sector.”

Studies suggest that academic performance between private and public schools is unobtrusive, but educators say that independent schools do extracurricular activities that are believed to enrich students. He said it is becoming more and more popular among parents to provide. He also said that Catholic schools are also seen as having a better learning environment and discipline.

There is the most felt “crisis of confidence in school education” in the public school sector, and parents “vote on their own feet,” Fahei said.

“Parents are less confident in spending money in public schools than in private schools.”

A 2019 Survey from CIS Parents are primarily looking for schools to invest in institutional and school education. However, public schools often tend to focus on reducing class size and raising teacher wages, Fahey said.

“It’s hard to generalize all government sectors, but given that public schools serve the majority, it’s alarming to record such a high level of dissatisfaction. … and that points to a broader problem. “

School choices are decisions that can affect your child for the rest of your life, so it is important for parents to have different options for choosing what they think is best for their child.

The CIS survey lists the key factors that influence parents’ decisions when choosing a school as a location, facility, quality of study, cost, and discipline.

Also, parents with children in Catholic schools are most likely to say that they will choose the same school again, followed by parents with children in independent schools and parents with children in public schools.

“Despite the promise of choice, many school decisions are made centrally and in individual schools and school departments,” the study states. “In addition, there are too many policy decisions in education to soften or meet the demands of vested interests. Benefits—created at the expense of children’s learning, denying the interests of parents.”

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