The need for school furniture in Australia, Office Line suggests, seems to be more relevant due to the rising number of overseas students from China.
Data from the first quarter of 2018 showed that applications for an international student visa rose 14 per cent in the second half of 2017. The number of granted visas also increased by seven per cent.
Despite some concerns, the federal government believes that the higher education system can still accommodate more students.
Major universities have seen education as one of Australia’s valuable export service since many international students are willing to pay the high price of tertiary education in the country. This reliance on offshore spending has sparked some concern among the academic community.
However, officials have downplayed the supposed academic and financial implications of accepting more students, particularly from China. As of 2017, more than 166,000 Chinese students represented almost 44 per cent of the international student population.
While the increase has been noticeable in the past four years, it could be one reason behind more expensive tuition fees for primary and secondary schooling in Australia.
Whether or not they are from overseas, parents of children should expect to pay an average of $250,396 for school fees from pre-school to Year 12. Private schools in metro areas nationwide charge the highest at almost $460,000, while public schools cost $63,251.
In some states such as New South Wales, the cost of private education in the city has ballooned to more than $540,000. The higher fees generally reflect the cost of maintaining facilities, teachers’ salaries and school furniture among other expenses.
The rising number of international students should lead schools to consider how they can better accommodate the influx of pupils. What do you think of more foreigners wanting to study in Australia?