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School costs parents more

first_imgNZ Herald 10 Sep 2012Increase in ‘voluntary’ donations outstrips rise in Government funding under National. The amount parents paid in school donations jumped more than $23 million between 2008 and 2010 – a 31 per cent increase over a time in which Government funding for schools increased by 8 per cent. Ministry of Education figures show parents paid a total of $98.4 million in donations to schools in 2010 – up from $75 million in 2008. The figures were obtained by Labour, which said donations increased by only 6 per cent over the six years preceding 2008, when it was in Government. The sharpest increases in donations were in mid-decile schools – the total raised in donations by decile seven schools increased by 56 per cent, and the increase in decile four schools was 46 per cent. The only decile in which less was received was decile one schools, where the amount had dropped by 7 per cent. Labour leader David Shearer said it was likely that was because of parents’ inability to pay. The donations have long been controversial – although they are legally voluntary, schools have taken steps such as calling in debt collectors to follow up on non-paying parents.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10832946last_img read more

Commercial surrogacy outlawed in Thailand after Gammy scandal

first_imgHerald Sun 28 November 2014THAILAND’S parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the largely unregulated industry following allegations an Australian couple abandoned a baby with Down’s syndrome.A draft bill — which would see anyone profiting off surrogacy given a maximum 10-year prison sentence — passed its first reading in the country’s military-stacked parliament on Thursday, legislator Wallop Tungkananurak said.“We want to put an end to this idea in foreigners’ minds that Thailand is a baby factory,” he told AFP.“The bill was adopted with overwhelming support.”Commercial surrogacy was technically banned by Thailand’s Medical Council, but until recently even top fertility clinics were believed to offer the service.http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/commercial-surrogacy-outlawed-in-thailand-after-gammy-scandal/story-fni0xs61-1227138809697last_img read more