Parents turning away from State schools

Catholic schools have recorded a steady growth in enrolments as parents continue to shun government schools.

The Age reports the recent figures were part of the Schools Australia Preliminary Report and show state schools recorded their second consecutive fall in enrolments.

The report, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday show the number of students enrolled in Victorian state schools dropped by 234 students from 2006 figures.

Meanwhile, the non-government sector - which includes Catholic, private and other religious schools - gained 4252 students over the same period.

Despite a five-year growth in the numbers of students attending government schools, data from the bureau showed that the number of Victorian government schools fell to 1592 in 2007, down from 1605 in 2006 and 1613 in 2005.

The figures released yesterday are preliminary with the final data to be released at the end of this month.

Parents shun state schools
(The Age 05/02/08)

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5 Feb 2008