Although government schools continue to educate the majority of students in Australia, the number of students enrolled in non-government schools has been increasing at a faster rate over the last decade. Since 2000, Catholic and Independent schools had the largest proportional increases in the number of students (11% and 37% respectively) while the number of students in government schools increased by only 1.3%. Australian Social Trends.
My concern is that our country is moving more towards this model, a market driven model and a failed model internationally. The recent Fairfax news article entitled Finnish lesson: No charter schools, publish in the Manawatu Standard, gives a superb overview of these concerning trends and possible consequences. Alongside this the article highlights lessons that can be learned from Finnish system. As John O'Neill from Massey notes...
In Finland, equity means “a relatively homogeneous schooling system”, O’Neill says... Finland has no private schools.
We need to hold on to what we have and not let the GERM movement corrupt our wonderful state system, where education is accessible to all.