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THOUSANDS of South Australian parents have been prosecuted for failing to pay public school fees this year. They include 271 parents who have had warrants issued for their arrest for failing to turn up in court - more than five times the number issued two years ago at the height of the financial crisis.
"There are some parents who believe schooling should be free and won't pay fees on a philosophic basis, while others simply can't afford to."
"This is a concern, because less fees means less money to spend on students," he said.
Article 26. (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages
Government (or state) schools are run by the respective state government. They offer free education; however, many schools ask parents to pay a voluntary contribution fee.
The Australian Government is introducing a new, upfront cash payment in June of this year, to help families with the costs of sending their kids to school. Families can use the bonus to pay for school expenses such as uniforms, books, school excursions, stationary and other things like music lessons and sports registration fees.
From 20 to 29 June 2012, families receiving fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will automatically receive the bonus straight into their bank account: $409 for each child in primary school; and $818 for each child in secondary study.
Originally posted by Toddlez
So here is a story that makes me angry, sad and appalled. As the title suggests parents are being charged for unpaid school fees.
Original news story
Association of Independent Schools of SA chief executive Garry Le Duff said unpaid school fees were not a major problem across the sector.
On average, Australian governments (State and Commonwealth) spend around $10,756 a year per SA government school student compared to $5,786 per SA non-government school student. That means it costs taxpayers less to educate an SA student in an Independent school than to educate an SA student in a Government school. Independent school parents are a major source of funding for Independent schools. Parents (and the wider school community) contribute, on average, approximately 50% of their SA Independent school's operating income. In some schools this contribution is substantially higher. In Government schools, State Governments are the major source of funding, with approximately 94% of SA State Government funding for school education allocated to South Australian Government schools
Originally posted by phroziac
Wait a second... Now i know here in the us, not going to school is a crime called truancy (unless your parents file special paperwork with the county "independant school district" certifying that you are homeschooled...and theres essentially no oversight on this...until the kid is 16 upon which the homeschooling literally has no oversight....
So its a crime to not go to school in the us. Is it in au? Then how can they charge?
Funny thing too i dropped out of school when i was 13 and i taught myself everything i was interested in. learned more than kids who went to school.... :p