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Education Not Out of Reach

Queensland independent shools are much more affordable and in reach of families than the latest Australian Scholarships Group cost of schooling report would have parents believe (C-M, Jan 16).

The annual “fee fright” campaign undertaken by ASG does not reflect the true cost of schooling and only serves to confuse and mislead parents.

The ASG report fails to acknowledge the wide variation in tuition fees charged by independent schools, or that most schools in the independent sector are classified in the low to midfee category.

In Queensland, the average tuition fee for an independent school is about $8000 a year. Parents who send their children to independent schools make an important and significant financial contribution to their child’s education, whatever their personal circumstances.

David Robertson, Executive Director, Independent Schools Queensland, Spring Hill

This Letter to the Editor was published in The Courier-Mail on 17 January 2018.

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