Australian PM denies accusation of bias in school funding

19:18, January 18, 2010      

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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday denied accusation of bias in school funding, saying the government makes no distinction between government and private schools.

New research shows Commonwealth school funding continues to favor the private sector, which represents about one third of all students.

The study, by University of Sydney academic Dr Jim McMorrow, shows that by 2013 private schools will receive 47 billion Australian dollars (43 billion U.S. dollars) in federal funding, compared to 35 billion Australian dollars (32 billion U.S. dollars) for government schools.

Rudd said the government had increased overall schools funding by 50 percent since it was elected in 2007 and targeted programs, such as the school modernization program, were based on enrolment.

"All of these programs are benefiting government and non-government schools depending on their levels of enrolment," Rudd told reporters.

"We make no ideological distinction between government schools and non-government schools."

Source: Xinhua
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