Even more teenagers flocking to private schools
Australia's private schools have enjoyed record enrolments with an exodus of 200,000 students from the public education system in the past decade.
The Australian reports that the trend is strongest in Year 11 and 12, where 41% of teenagers now attend private schools.
Despite rising fees of up to $20,000 a year, new figures confirm a shift towards private schools since the election of the Howard Government in 1996.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics' School Census yesterday revealed the number of children enrolled in private schools has jumped by 22% in the past decade.
The growth continued last year, with enrolments at independent and Catholic schools jumping by a further 20,000 students, to 1.1 million students.
John Howard, who once blamed the exodus from the nation's public schools on the "politically correct" attitude of the public system, last night welcomed the figures.
Since 1996, the Howard Government has doubled spending on private schools, from $2.3 billion to $4.7 billion last year.
Teenagers flocking to private schools (The Australian 24/2/06)
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Schools, Australia, 2005 (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Not all benefit from a private education (The Age 24/2/06)
State school exodus gains pace (The Age 24/2/06)
24 Feb 2006