Association of Independent Schools of NSW chief executive Margery Evans said the median fees charged by NSW independent schools was $5200 per year but technology was a rising cost.
“School costs have risen due to a range of factors, including more sophisticated technology, licences and the need for stronger cybersecurity,” she said.
A public school education was estimated to cost $89,500. Voluntary contributions per year were estimated to cost $208, electronic devices were forecast to cost $671, excursion costs ran at $158 while stationary costs were $207.
Sydney is the most affordable city in the nation for parents who send their children to Catholic schools, with the total cost of an education estimated to be $178,478 over 13 years.
Parents were forecast to pay $2397 in fees and almost double that on hiring outside tutors, spending $4244 a year.
Futurity group executive Kate Hill said she believed the high spend on outside tutors was due to COVID as parents sought to make sure their child was not behind.
‘For year 10, we have a list of the laptops which are approved. The cheapest thing is a MacBook Pro, and it is $1800.’
Parent Jolina Crescini, who has six children in Catholic school
“A number of children have struggled to come back into the schooling environment, I think there is an acceleration of using outside help to get kids back up to speed,” she said.
Jolina Crescini, from Winston Hills in Sydney’s northwest, sent her six children to the local Catholic school and said she appreciated the sibling discount but said extra costs added up.
“In year 7 they had to buy iPads, and now for year 10, we have a list of the laptops which are approved. The cheapest thing is a MacBook Pro, and it is $1800,” she said.
“I was expecting to have to pay for a laptop, but at the same time it is quite a big expense.”
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