PRIVATE SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT RECEIVE FUNDING
Good evening. I am the second affirmative speaker, and I will be talking about the issues of how funding private schools only help a minority whilst disadvantaging a majority and how government funding should result in government control.
My first point will be how all the funding going private schools goes to a minority, thus disadvantaging a majority. Around 70% of students in Victoria attend public schools, a majority. Therefore, why should parents whose children attend public schools pay for private schools when they already receive more funding? Most private schools would survive without funding from the government, and even though there is a minority who would be deeply affected by this, the majority would benefit from it.
Also, private schools operate like independent companies. The facilities of a private school are kept under control by the school administration, not the government. So, because these schools are independent, why are taxpayers pouring millions of dollars into their coffers when some state schools have to fundraise in order to pay their power bills? By boosting the quality of state education through improved funding is the way to put taxpayer’s money into good use.
My next point is how government funding should result in government control. Today, any facility funded by the government in Australia often results in government control. This means that the government supervises the use of the money and what it is used for. Therefore, why should private schools be an exception?
Education can be considered one of the most important decisions parents make for their children. Why? Because education lays the foundation to future success in life, I personally understood this concept early on in life. My parents from as far back as I can remember taught me the value of having an education. I can still remember my mom preaching to my younger brother and me about how the only ...
If a school is to receive funding, we should know what happens to the money, especially if the money is from the government. The public has the right to know where their money is being used. Public schools comply with this- as signs are often posted outside to the public about any resource constructions being made. Private schools however, do not. It is unfair not to know what is being used with our money at private schools, is it being used to resurface polo pitches? Is it being used in the gardens? Or is it being used for something worthwhile? For all we may know, we may be paying for a private school’s cleaner while a public school is fundraising for its books. We need transparency, as we cannot continue to blindly hand over our money without knowing how it’s going to be used.
Therefore, government funding should be cut from private schools, as their finances are often kept secret, meaning the current system is being abused with public schools being the victim.
In conclusion, I have spoken about the issues of how funding private schools only help a minority whilst disadvantaging a majority and how government funding should result in government control. Thank you.