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Govt passing on schooling costs: Labour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/05/2016

The government is short-changing students and their parent with a nearly $150 drop in funding per student in the last year, Labour says.

The party has seized on the Ministry of Education's per student funding, which is described as a measure of the adequacy of government funding, to accuse National of passing education costs on to parents.

The figures show per student funding has risen every year since 2002, but then dropped from $7195 in 2014 to $7046 in 2015.

"When adjusted for inflation, government funding is now lower than it was in National's first year in office," said Labour's Chris Hipkins.

"As a result, many parents are feeling the squeeze as the cost of uniforms, class activities and camps increase."

The government spends about $13 billion each year on education.

Education Minister Hekia Parata denies the government is spending less on schooling.

"All schools are funded by the government. All of them, except for private schools, have had increases," she said.

"If you're asking if funding for education has gone down, the answer in no. It's gone up every year since we've been in government."

According to the ministry's figures, operational funding and teachers salaries all rose in 2015, but direct property funding dropped from $675 million to $452m.

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