More opting for government schools in Australia

Growing population, higher fees at private schools behind switch

At elite schools in Sydney and Melbourne (pictured), the annual fees this year reached record levels of close to A$40,000 (S$40,300).
At elite schools in Sydney and Melbourne (pictured), the annual fees this year reached record levels of close to A$40,000 (S$40,300).PHOTO: REUTERS

For the first time in decades, the proportion of students attending government schools in Australia has been increasing as parents start to drift away from private schools.

The switch towards public schools for each of the past three years has been credited to the country's growing population and the high fees at some private schools.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2018, with the headline 'More opting for govt schools in Australia'. Print Edition | Subscribe