The use of the wrong division system

The paper by the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) Waikato branch, prepared for the union's conference in October, says the system is stigmatising low decile schools and increasing gaps between the haves and have nots.

It says schools should instead have individual socioeconomic profiles.

The decile system ranking schools from one to 10, Set up Business in Hong Kong with schools ranked one being those with high proportions of students from poorer families and at risk of not achieving educationally, was introduced in the 1990s.

It was intended to help identify schools at lower ends which required higher levels of funding, but instead has been used by parents as a proxy for educational quality, the paper says.

Rolls at decile one to three schools went down by 12 per cent between 2001 and 2011, while rolls at decile eight to 10 schools went up 23 per cent in the same period formation of company.

The paper says high decile schools are not better than low decile schools.

"They have a student intake which has less socioeconomic disadvantage and greater levels of social capital to draw on.

"Their results are enhanced by their ability to attract the most academically able students from the lower decile schools through good marketing, better resourcing and parental misunderstanding of decile."

It says the system has also not succeeded in equalising funding as higher decile schools had greater capacity to raise money from the community Income Tax Hong Kong.

The paper says replacing the decile figure with a socioeconomic profile would more accurately reflect the community and get rid of some of the stigmatisation.

The government has indicated it will review the system but PPTA president Angela Roberts says any review needs to in-depth and realistic.

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