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    Education is NEVER free. It costs a lot to educate a child. If the parent doesn’t pay, the tax payer does. The only way to make education ‘free’ for parents is to increase the amount of tax that we pay. (And pay teachers even less, lol.) So we pay for education one way or another.

    Like I said in the other thread (Whoops, I hope I don’t get into trouble for ‘debating’ in the wrong thread!), we as a country are SO spoiled when it comes to education. We expect a lot of quality education for no money. In PNG, I know of families who walk their children 3 hours each way to get them to school, because they value education. I know a lot of uni’s in America charge $50,000+ to get a tertiary education. We put our money towards what we value. We as a society don’t value education, and this shows when we are unwilling to pay for it. When we are willing to pay $300 for a nintendo DS for our child, but are not willing to pay a $50 school fee, I’m sorry, but we do not value education.

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    I would happily pay higher voluntary fees if it meant that children whose parents couldn't afford camps and excursions could go. I have been the child missing out on the extras, and it sucked. Sure, to look at our family when I was a kid, we were doing fine, but that was only because of really careful budgeting by my parents and no extras like camps, excursions and extra curricular activities. I had a job at 10yo so as to fund those things for myself.

    My parents never paid the voluntary contributions, they just couldn't afford it. Back then, I was often singled out for their non payment which I believe doesn't happen these days. I am grateful that I am in the position where I can afford it. I also wish our school had an extra voluntary fee, to fund children whose families needed a little extra help with school things. Schools and teachers know who these children are. I would have been one and so would my dh. I would gladly contribute a few hundred per year to such a fund.

    Don't want to pay your voluntary contribution, even though you can afford it? Fine don't. I truly believe that in this life, what goes around comes around, whether you subscribe to the karmic belief of such things or the more religious ones. I can honestly say that my life has improved since I have gotten more generous of my time, resources and spirit than when I was a greedy, self-centred ****.

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    So all the people who do not pa fees, are buying nintendo systems or getting drunk or stoned.


    What a huge assumption.
    I'll give you a few other options...

    One parent has a terminal illness or disability.
    Parent has been retrenched and cant get a new job
    Parents own a business that has gone into liquidation
    Parents have to support a sick or disabled child
    Parents cannot get work
    Parents have been evicted
    A parent has died
    They cannot sell their house and the mortgage is killing them
    They are students and cannot afford anything else.
    They are going through a divorce
    single parent who is just surviving.


    But hey its way easier to just assume they all spent it on nintendos and plasma's!

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    If the government wishes to keep education compulsory, they need to keep it free, where people can choose to pay or choose not to pay.

    If fees are made compulsory, then school needs to be voluntary. Obviously we can't have that, so it needs to be free, with voluntary contributions if parents choose to pay.

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    Ooooooooooohh la laa, is this another thread where people can brag about how easy they have it finanically, not like those silly poor people?!

    Anyway, I have to laugh if people say "*I* pay for *my* children's education, I don't expect a handout from the government" HAHA do people honestly think that their couple of hundred bucks pays for the entire education with no govt help? Wow.

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    Answering the OP first as I haven't read the whole thread yet.

    How do I feel about paying school fee's. ATM it is a real struggle (it is roughly 20% of our annual income) but that is our choice, for our kids as we send them to private school. Education is really important to us. Hubby and I aren't very educated and we want better for our kids.

    I believe public school should free to all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    Ooooooooooohh la laa, is this another thread where people can brag about how easy they have it finanically, not like those silly poor people?!

    Anyway, I have to laugh if people say "*I* pay for *my* children's education, I don't expect a handout from the government" HAHA do people honestly think that their couple of hundred bucks pays for the entire education with no govt help? Wow.
    Yeah like the $100 odd really covers the total education of your child for the year including teachers wages and materials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    Ooooooooooohh la laa, is this another thread where people can brag about how easy they have it finanically, not like those silly poor people?!

    Anyway, I have to laugh if people say "*I* pay for *my* children's education, I don't expect a handout from the government" HAHA do people honestly think that their couple of hundred bucks pays for the entire education with no govt help? Wow.
    This is PERFECT!

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    No I don not pay school fees
    I believe education should be free
    Actually got into a debate today with someone who pays $12 a term for swimming for a grade 1 kid.I would never pay that,its bullsh!t!!!! Its part of a PE lesson.

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    I don't have a child in school yet, I think if I could afford it I'd pay it. But as a contribution, not as a compulsory fee which it never should be. Free education is absolutely essential in my mind.


 

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