Independent schooling is fastest growing education sector

INDEPENDENT schooling in Queensland was the fastest growing education sector in the country, figures from the Productivity Commission have revealed.

And chief executive of Independent Schools Queensland David Robertson welcomed the news on Monday.

Mr Robertson said the commission's report on government services 2013 showed the sector in Queensland saved the state and federal government more than $700 million in the 2010-11 year.

"The figures showed average government recurrent expenditure for each full-time equivalent student attending a government school in Queensland was $14,853 compared with average government recurrent expenditure of $8,450 for each student attending a non-government school," he said.

"With 110,000 students educated at independent schools in Queensland in 2011, this represents a saving to the government in recurrent expenditure of more than $700 million."

Mr Robertson said the report also showed student numbers in non-government schools in Queensland rose by 25,000, or 11.5%, between 2007 and 2011, the highest enrolment growth in the nation.

It also showed that 94.3% of Year 10 students in non-government schools continued on to Year 12, compared with 74.8% in government schools.



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