Public school parents are being coaxed into forking out for to their children’s education as EFTPOS machines are produced at parent-teacher meetings in a bid to gather donations.
The strategy – which involves ‘voluntary contributions’ – is being implemented in public schools across New South Wales despite the system’s objective to provide free education for all.
However, according to The Daily Telegraph, the pocket pinching tactics are working, with NSW public schools pulling in $34.1 million from parents last year – $2 million more than 2016.
Public school parents in New South Wales are being coaxed into forking out for to their children’s education
In fact, Artarmon Public School on Sydney’s swanky North Shore now produces EFTPOS machines at parent teacher meetings in a bid to gather ‘contributions’.
On the school’s website the collection promises the funds will be used for ‘valuable resources’ including reading and maths equipment.
Artarmon Public School now produces EFTPOS machines at parent teacher meetings in a bid to gather ‘contributions’
However, the well intended offerings aren’t cheap.
The post, which dates from 2016, suggests $250, $300 or $350 sums depending on the number of children parents have enrolled at the school.
While the phenomenon appears prevalent across New South Wales, cashed-up, inner-city schools appear to be benefiting most from the ‘voluntary contribution’ scheme.
Sydney Boys High School raked in over $1.4m from its ‘school community’ last year, more than any other public school in the state.
Next highest was Epping Boys High followed with $432,000 followed by Northern Beaches Secondary College, Manly Campus which received $420,000.
And while many parents believe shunning the price tag which comes with top-line private schools may be a savvy decision, figures suggest it may not put them in better financial standing.
According to the Domain Annual School Zones report, homes in a top public school catchment area grow up to 21 times faster than the average capital city property.
Sydney Boys High School (pictured) raked in over $1.4m from its ‘school community’ last year, more than any other public school in the state
In 2016, the top 10 government school catchment zones saw property prices grow between a colossal 18 and 41 per cent.
However, across Sydney and Melbourne price growth for properties was just 1.5 and 7.3 per cent respectively, the report showed.
The data looks at school catchment zones only – meaning suburbs surrounding desirable public schools – and excludes any private, non-government or selective schools with entry exams.
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