Posted by: blogger
on 25, Mar, 2009
On top of the $30 million already given to private schools, the Government is providing a further $10,000,000 for scholarships. By the sound of it this is a return to the limited voucher scheme National introduced in 1995, the Targeted Individual Entitlement (TIE). The intention of the funding is to enable students who would otherwise not be able to afford private schools to do so.
And they would want to do this because? According to Associate Education Minister, Heather Roy, it would be because private schools "set a benchmark for quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness".
There is virtually no way of measuring the truth of this statement. While private schools continue to select their students from the well-heeled culturally-endowed middle class and the state schools they are being compared with have to take all comers, there's no contest.