In 2018 the former Vice-Chancellor of Melbourne University earned $1,589,999 compared with $1,304,999 the previous year (1). Clearly the current Vice-Chancellor will be earning a lot more than that. It is no wonder that the Universities are desperate to bring the high paying overseas students back into the country.
The average salary for a High School teacher is $72,092 and for a Primary School teacher is $69,627 (2). To graduate as a teacher today will cost at least $20,000 and that is after their parents have forked out significant school fees and other payments.
This trend isn’t going to go away anytime soon and I dread to imagine what it will be like in 10 years’ time.
There was a time when education was free and it should never have been abolished. Every child regardless of background should be entitled to a free education and therefore have the chance to realise their full potential. And preference should be given to local students over overseas students every time.