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Great to hear from you. Yes this does seem strange that the rules that apply to Universities do not apply to schools. As you have seen we are working on this as we speak.
Students in non-Government schools make up almost 40% of pupils in Australia, so the impact of significant movement of students from our sector would have a substantial impact on education in our country. Those from independent schools have identified that in normal circumstances the lag factor in fee collection and distribution could be up to one term, but in this economic crisis will be extended. The reality is profound for many of these families who have both parents working and are already make huge sacrifices to afford fees. The economic impact of the pandemic especially on rural boarding families and those from regional communities will mean that for some families their children will join the already straining government school system.
Let’s hope we can make some progress. Tomorrow we are asking all members to share my letter with their Heads and encourage them to ask their Head to lobby their local MP.
Regards Neil McWhannell CEO Educate Plus