Garrett guarantees school funding

”It shows the existing funding system is deepening inequality in the provision of education and the attainment of educational outcomes rather than helping to ameliorate it.”

The union welcomed the call for substantial long-term investment in schools with low socio-economic status students.

It also welcomed assertions in one of the reports that non-government schools were riding on the relative socio-economic advantage of their student body without necessarily adding value to their performance. The Independent Education Union condemned those assertions, however, saying the research incorrectly attributed academic selectivity as a fundamental enrolment gate-keeper for non-government schools.

Federal secretary Chris Watt said, ”In fact, the evidence is that these schools overwhelmingly enrol students primarily on the faith, ethnic or cultural preference of their family”.

”The paper discounts achievement of the non-government school sector, for example the Catholic system, in achieving program for international student assessment results that are of both high performing and not only above average equity, but higher in both measures than other Australian systems.”

This was despite Catholic schools having high numbers of low socio-economic status students.

”Not only that, the paper makes little or no attempt to examine any data other than PISA and National Assessment Program for Literacy and numeracy results,” Mr Watt said.

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