Yesterday’s crisis

07 Jan

Remember the “flight to private education” aided and abetted by John Howard and cheered on by the likes of Kevin Donnelly? Was that this century?

How things can change!

Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield: down 357
Saphire Coast Christian College, Bega: down 317
Emmaus Catholic College, Kemps Creek: down 291
SCEGGS Redlands, Cremorne: down 259
Australian International Academy, Condell Park: down 235
Terra Sancta College, Schofields: down 214
St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah: down 209
St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown: down 191
Kindalin School, Penrith: down 181
St Gregorys Armenian School, Baulkham Hills: down 173
Norwest Christian School, Riverstone: down 164
Bethlehem College, Ashfield: down 159
St Joseph’s Catholic College, Gosford East: down 145
Mary Immaculate Primary: Quakers Hill: down 144
Redeemer Baptist School, Castle Hill: 142
St Bernard’s Primary, Batehaven: down 134
St Matthew’s Primary, Windsor: down 128
Blue Mountains Grammar School, Wentworth Falls: down 126
Tyndale Christian School, Blacktown: down 124
St Jerome’s Primary, Punchbowl: down 121
St Francis Xavier’s Primary, Lurnea: down 120
Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, St Marys: down 117
All Saints Catholic Primary, Liverpool: down 120
Holy Spirit Primary, St Clair: down 122
Holy Cross College, Ryde: down 116
Pymble Ladies College, Pymble: down 114
Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes: down 113
Masada College High School, St Ives: down 111
St Euphemia College, Bankstown: down 107
St Michael’s Primary, Nowra: down 104
De La Salle College, Ashfield: down 105
Carinya Christian School, Tamworth: down 102

See State schools swell amid private exodus in the Daily Telegraph. “In the past five years the student body at 439 private schools has shrunk.” Maralyn Parker comments: The beginning of the end for private schools. Well, perhaps the end for some.

…It would not surprise me to see some of the newer big business-type schools, with massive debt-based building programs and high expectations of unlikely future enrolments, go bankrupt in 2009.

If it can happen to Lehman Brothers it can happen to a NSW private school dependent on projected income from fees and anticipated government subsidies.

For years educators have been saying the unfettered expansion of private schools is unsustainable.

In 2009 we may all begin to understand why.

And I fear the public purse will be expected to do the bailing out as we have seen already with ABC Learning Centres.

Meanwhile the biggest cost to all school systems is teacher salaries. So without doubt teachers have already lost jobs in many of these schools and more will follow.

With reduced staff, schools then face the problems of providing a full curriculum. Some subjects may no longer be offered and some teachers will be asked to teach out of their subject field….

As Maralyn Parker also notes, the facts so far are from before the 2008-9 financial crisis.

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