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Prime Minister David Cameron considers private schooling for his son! That has sparked a new debate. Kanwal Toor explores the pros and cons of educating children at private schools or state-funded public schools

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha at the nagarkirtan in Kent. Picture by Andrew Parsons  i-Images
Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha at the nagarkirtan in Kent. Picture by Andrew Parsons i-Images

Prime Minister David Cameron Considers private schooling for his son! It has become a national story. Cameron has never said that he is against private schooling  – unlike some of his socialist counterparts, who claim they hate the fee paying system and then send their children to them.

Secondly, statistics and research have repeatedly established that children coming out of private schools outperform there state school buddies, are often more confident and higher achievers.

Based on that, which parent (who can afford it), wouldn’t send their children to schools where infrastructure is clearly sound and teaching quality excellent.

Thirdly, what happened to freedom of choice? Only because the man heads a state, should he be punished in order to appease others?

Lastly, is this even a relevant issue? Or is it just a complete hogwash.  At a time when migrant crisis over shadows reasonability checks, EU referendum is on our doorstep – some of us overwhelmed with David Cameron’s school choice?

I asked a few friends what they had to say regarding the so called “Private school controversy” shrouding the UK today!! And this is what they had to say:

Richard MacDonald

Richard
Richard MacDonald

Why the huge fuss? The PM is entitled to make decisions about his family without all the envious, often spiteful remarks which get bandied about. Each and every parent wants their child to have the best start in life and Mr. & Mrs. Cameron are no different in this respect. To al the foam-flecked critics, I suggest that you heed the words of Socrates: “Envy is the ulcer of the soul”.

Jayanti Patel

Jayanti Patel
Jayanti Patel

There may be snide comments regarding David Cameron having his child at a private school. I remember reading about Diane Abbott’s decision to send her son to the £10,000-a-year City of London School. She said she was a mother first and a politician second, a point that resonates strongly.

By Cameron sending his child to private school, he is using the means he has – money – to get the right education for his child, there is nothing wrong in what he is doing. Many of my friends have confessed that if they had enough money – or weren’t happy with what their local state school had to offer – they would consider private education. What has always struck me personally about private schools is that while each one has a slightly different feel, underpinning that are always strong discipline, high standards and a healthy sense of competition.

Rebecca Done

Rebecca Done
Rebecca Done

David Cameron, a hard working man with a high pressured job, wants what all fathers’ desire for their children and that is to provide the best life for them they can. This is a level that all parents should be able to relate to from across our rich and varied society.

Anupama Kumar Jyoti

Anupama Kumar Jyoti
Anupama Kumar Jyoti

Cameron choosing private school over state school is as good as any parent in UK thinking the best for their children. Though it definitely highlights the fact that the standard of state schools in UK needs improvement but at the same time it should not take away the liberty of any parent from enrolling their child in much coveted “Private Schools”, where they think, lies a brighter future for their children. Rather than doing politics on this, we should respect PM Cameron’s decision as a parent.

Sukhvinder Gill

Sukhvinder Gill
Sukhvinder Gill

A child attending a fee paying school is one less “drain” on the public purse. How much would government education spending need to increase if all these children were to be educated by the State? Surely a more logical debate would be that of private school fees attracting tax relief.

I am all for Freedom of Choice! Each parent has an absolute freedom, to choose what they do (within the norms) to their children’s educational path. I do not buy the whole debate of being an elitist and not being in touch with reality if you send your children to fee paying schools. Well, just like I don’t have to live under the poverty line to understand the misery of no food – I am compassionate enough to understand “what pain means”. Similarly you don’t have to be studying in free schools to understand everyday struggles of life. We cannot punish people for being able to buy a better life! Just like we shouldn’t punish anyone for not being able to buy the best. Whether or not our children go to private schools is not important, what is relevant in the bigger picture is – how good or bad a humans they turn out to be.

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