Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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On balance : public and private schools and the global financial crisis


R Martin


The global financial crisis, according to anecdotal evidence, is having an effect on enrolments in non-government schools. Some families under financial stress are choosing to stop paying for tuition because there is a perfectly good alternative in the public system, and it is free. If the effects of the crisis prove to be deep and lasting, it is likely that it represents a trend that could have a profound effect on the two sectors. The author explores the current and potential trends in enrolments and the possible outcomes of a shift to government schools, focusing on the financial consequences. [Author abstract, ed]

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