my sister is a single mumma, she pays either 10 or 20$ per week per child school fee's (cant remember which one), next year she will have 3 children going to school and the year after 4.
that's just to attebd school, nothing else included.
i will have the same when ds is school age as he will attend the same school.
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I don't understand how other parents know whether someone has paid their fees.
I do think the voluntary payment should be 'voluntary', but of course if a whole heap of people don't pay it then the school ultimately misses out.
Ultimately I think public education should be income tested like everything else from the govt, have a health care card = have a minimal charge, don't have a health care card pay the levy (obviously not too much though).
Public education should be free. Period. How much tax you pay should play no bearing. Of course a child shouldn't be excluded bc their parents can't/don't pay the fees. This is Australia where everyone, no matter their socioeconomic status, should get equal access to education. I'm shocked some are saying children should miss out
I read a thread on here years ago about a school that would make little kids stand up the front of the class and humiliate them by telling them they wouldn't be getting their textbooks bc mum and dad didn't pay their ('voluntary') fees. Disgraceful.
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