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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2324

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   What percentage of the total value of Commonwealth secondary scholarships in 1970-71 was allotted to students in (a) Government,

(2)   What percentage of all secondary school students in 1970-71 attended (a) Government, (b) Catholic and (c) other private schools.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Commonwealth Secondary scholarships are awarded on merit and no separate quotas of awards or proportion of scholarship benefits are allocated to students attending particular schools or groups of schools. Of the total expenditure on scholarship benefits in 1970-71 the percentages paid in respect of scholars attending the categories of schools listed were:

(a)   Government- 47.7 per cent.

(b)   Catholic- 24.5 per cent.

(c)   Other non-government- 27.8 per cent.

(2)   The latest available statistics of secondary school enrolments relate to 1970, when the proportion of secondary enrolments in each type of school was:

(a)   Government - 75.2 per cent.

(b)   Catholic - 16.9 per cent.

(c)   Other non-government - 7.9 per cent.

It should be noted that Commonwealth Secondary scholarships are tenable only in the final 2 years of secondary schooling. In 1970 the proportion of enrolments in these years in each type of school was:

(a)   Government - 67.6 per cent.

(b)   Catholic - 17.9 per cent.

(c)   Other non-government - 14.5 per cent.

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