Kiwi parents gave $1 billion in ‘voluntary donations’ to schools since turn of the century
OneNewsNow 21 January 2016
Figures released to ONE News show New Zealand schools received $70 million in donations during 2014, with the total over the past 15 years at $950 million.
“Schools are really caught between a rock and a hard place,” Labour Party education spokesman Chris Hipkins said.
“Government funding is simply not keeping up, if they’re not getting the money from government they have to get it from somewhere else so they’re resorting to asking parents to pay more and more of the cost of their kids’ education.”
The New Zealand taxpayer contributes $100 to schools for every $1.80 donated privately.
Education Minister Hekia Parata also says the Government plans to spend $11 billion on early childhood, primary, and secondary education this year.