REALLY HACKED OFF.
Tonight I received my 7 year old’s forms for his PUBLIC school resource list and PARENT CONTRIBUTION AKA FEES. I received them with a handy payment plan to assist me in my BILL SHOCK/SMOOTHING.
Let me break it down:
"Essential items" per child (these are in addition to the booklist) = $75
"Educational Resource Contribution" = $190 "Excursion Levy (a fund you draw down on throughout the year so you don’t have to pay each time your child has an excursion) suggested amount = $100 School Council Development Fund = $60 ICT Contribution = $10 Book list = $88.95 which handily includes a $6 “processing fee” or “economy delivery charge” of $16 if you don’t want to wait in an industrial estate between the hours of 1 and 1.15pm to pick it up sometime in January.
So to resource up a Grade 2 student in a public school in Victoria costs $524.
I baulk at this because it’s a lot of money when you have rates due $620, water due $400, electricity and gas and fucking PRIVATE HEALTH insurance which you are forced to have but never use and all the other boring grown up stuff.
How’s that Gonski shit going PYNE? Fuck you. FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION PROPERLY so people worse off than me don’t feel so bloody bad about not being able to shell out half a grand to send their kid to PUBLIC SCHOOL. Imagine if you had two or three kids. Oh hang on I DO.
I am also annoyed with the school because NOWHERE on the “PARENT CONTRIBUTION” do they say this is voluntary. WE PAY FOR EDUCATION THROUGH OUR TAXES MOFOS.
Middle class rant over.