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Victoria Melbourne Secondary School Zone Map

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Following is the best Victorian and Melbourne Secondary School Zone Map that I have created. This should also be the best and most accurate that can be found on the internet, I tried Google searches myself. The total currently stands at 310 zones for Year 7.

Victorian Secondary School Zone

Melbourne Secondary School Zone Map

Full zoomable map

  • Alamanda K-9 College
  • Albert Park College
  • Alexandra Secondary College
  • Alkira Secondary College
  • Altona P-9 College
  • Apollo Bay P-12 College
  • Ararat Secondary College
  • Ashwood High School
  • Auburn High School
  • Bacchus Marsh College (Maddingley Campus)
  • Baden Powell P-9 College (Tarneit Campus)
  • Baimbridge College
  • Bairnsdale Secondary College
  • Ballarat High School
  • Ballarat Secondary College (Mount Rowan Campus)
  • Ballarat Secondary College (Woodmans Hill Campus)
  • Balmoral K-12 Community College
  • Balwyn High School
  • Bayside P-12 College (Altona North Campus)
  • Bayside P-12 College (Williamstown Campus)
  • Bayswater Secondary College
  • Beaufort Secondary College
  • Beechworth Secondary College
  • Bellarine Secondary College (Drysdale Campus) Year 7 to 8
  • Belmont High School
  • Benalla P-12 College (Faithfull Street Campus) Year 7 to 10
  • Bendigo South East 7-10 Secondary College
  • Bentleigh Secondary College
  • Berwick Secondary College
  • Birchip P-12 School
  • Blackburn High School
  • Boort District P-12 School (Malone Street Campus)
  • Boronia K-12 College (Rangeview Campus)
  • Box Hill High School
  • Brauer Secondary College
  • Braybrook College
  • Brentwood Secondary College
  • Bright P-12 College
  • Brighton Secondary College
  • Broadford Secondary College
  • Brookside P-9 College
  • Brunswick Secondary College
  • Buckley Park College
  • Bundoora Secondary College
  • Camberwell High School
  • Cann River P-12 College
  • Canterbury Girls Secondary College
  • Carranballac P-9 College (Boardwalk Campus)
  • Carranballac P-9 College (Jamieson Way Campus)
  • Carrum Downs Secondary College
  • Carwatha College P-12
  • Casterton Secondary College
  • Castlemaine Secondary College (Junior Campus)
  • Castlemaine Secondary College (Yapeen Campus)
  • Chaffey Secondary College
  • Charles La Trobe P-12 College (La Trobe Campus)
  • Charlton College
  • Cheltenham Secondary College
  • Cobden Technical School
  • Coburg High School
  • Cohuna Secondary College
  • Colac Secondary College
  • Collingwood College
  • Copperfield College (Kings Park Junior Campus)
  • Copperfield College (Sydenham Junior Campus)
  • Corryong College
  • Craigieburn Secondary College
  • Cranbourne East Secondary College
  • Cranbourne Secondary College
  • Creekside K-9 College
  • Crusoe 7-10 Secondary College
  • Dandenong High School
  • Daylesford Secondary College
  • Derrinallum P-12 College
  • Diamond Valley College (Diamond Creek Campus)
  • Dimboola Memorial Secondary College
  • Donald High School
  • Doncaster Secondary College
  • Doveton College
  • Dromana Secondary College
  • Drouin Secondary College
  • Eaglehawk Secondary College
  • East Doncaster Secondary College
  • East Loddon P-12 College
  • Echuca College
  • Edenhope College
  • Elisabeth Murdoch College
  • Eltham High School
  • Elwood College
  • Emerald Secondary College
  • Epping Secondary College
  • Essendon East Keilor District College (East Keilor Campus)
  • Essendon East Keilor District College (Niddrie Campus)
  • Euroa Secondary College
  • Fairhills High School
  • Fitzroy High School
  • Footscray City College (Footscray City Campus)
  • Forest Hill College
  • Fountain Gate Secondary College
  • Frankston High School
  • Geelong High School
  • Gisborne Secondary College
  • Gladstone Park Secondary College
  • Glen Eira College
  • Glen Waverley Secondary College (Glen Campus)
  • Gleneagles Secondary College
  • Glenroy Secondary College
  • Goongerah Tubbut P–8 College (Goongerah Campus)
  • Goongerah Tubbut P–8 College (Tubbut Campus)
  • Goroke P-12 College
  • Greensborough Secondary College
  • Grovedale College
  • Hampton Park Secondary College
  • Hawkesdale P12 College
  • Hazel Glen College
  • Healesville High School
  • Heathmont College (Waters Grove Campus)
  • Heywood District Secondary College
  • Highvale Secondary College
  • Hopetoun P-12 College (Secondary Campus)
  • Hoppers Crossing Secondary College
  • Horsham College (Horsham High Campus)
  • Horsham College (Horsham High Campus)
  • Hume Central Secondary College (Blair Street Campus)
  • Hume Central Secondary College (Dimboola Road Campus)
  • Irymple Secondary College
  • John Fawkner Secondary College
  • Kambrya College
  • Kaniva College
  • Keilor Downs Secondary College
  • Kerang Technical High School
  • Kew High School
  • Keysborough Secondary College (Acacia Campus)
  • Keysborough Secondary College (Banksia Campus)
  • Koo Wee Rup Secondary College
  • Koonung Secondary College
  • Korumburra Secondary College
  • Kurnai College (Churchill Campus)
  • Kurnai College (Morwell Campus)
  • Kurunjang Secondary College
  • Kyabram P-12 College
  • Kyneton Secondary College
  • Lake Bolac College
  • Lakes Entrance Secondary College
  • Lalor North Secondary College
  • Lalor Secondary College
  • Lara Secondary College
  • Lavers Hill P-12 College
  • Laverton P-12 College
  • Leongatha Secondary College
  • Lilydale Heights College
  • Lilydale High School
  • Lorne – Aireys Inlet P-12 College (Aireys Inlet Campus)
  • Lorne – Aireys Inlet P-12 College (Lorne Campus)
  • Lowanna College (Newark Campus)
  • Lyndale Secondary College
  • Lyndhurst Secondary College
  • Macleod College (Macleod High Campus)
  • Maffra Secondary College
  • Mallacoota P-12 College
  • Manangatang P-12 College
  • Manor Lakes P-12 College
  • Mansfield Secondary College
  • Maribyrnong Secondary College
  • Maryborough Education Centre
  • McClelland Secondary College
  • McGuire College
  • Mckinnon Secondary College
  • Melba Secondary College (Junior Campus)
  • Melbourne Girls College
  • Melton Secondary College
  • Mentone Girls Secondary College
  • Merbein P-10 College (Secondary Campus)
  • Mill Park Secondary College
  • Mirboo North Secondary College
  • Monbulk College
  • Monterey Secondary College
  • Montmorency Secondary College
  • Mooroolbark College
  • Mooroopna Secondary College
  • Mordialloc College
  • Mortlake P-12 College
  • Mount Alexander 7-12 College
  • Mount Beauty Secondary College
  • Mount Clear College
  • Mount Eliza Secondary College
  • Mount Erin Secondary College (Frankston Campus)
  • Mount Ridley P-12 College
  • Mount Waverley Secondary College (Junior Campus)
  • Mullauna Secondary College (Mullauna Secondary College Campus)
  • Murrayville Community College
  • Murtoa College
  • Myrtleford P-12 College
  • Narre Warren South P-12 College
  • Nathalia Secondary College
  • Neerim District Secondary College
  • Newcomb Secondary College
  • Nhill College
  • Noble Park Secondary College
  • North Geelong Secondary College
  • Northcote High School
  • Northern Bay P-12 College (Hendy Street P-8 Campus)
  • Northern Bay P-12 College (Peacock Avenue P-8 Campus)
  • Northern Bay P-12 College (Tallis Street P-8 Campus)
  • Northern Bay P-12 College (Wexford Court P-8 Campus)
  • Norwood Secondary College
  • Numurkah Secondary College
  • Oberon High School
  • Officer Secondary College (interim name)
  • Orbost Secondary College
  • Ouyen P-12 College
  • Pakenham Secondary College
  • Parkdale Secondary College
  • Patterson River Secondary College
  • Peter Lalor Secondary College
  • Phoenix P-12 Community College (Sebastopol Campus)
  • Point Cook Prep – Year 9 College
  • Portland Secondary College
  • Princes Hill Secondary College
  • Pyramid Hill College
  • Rainbow P-12 College (interim name)
  • Red Cliffs Secondary College
  • Reservoir High School (Reservoir Campus)
  • Ringwood Secondary College
  • Robinvale College (interim name)
  • Rochester Secondary College
  • Rosebud Secondary College
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Rowville Secondary College
  • Rowville Secondary College (Eastern Campus)
  • Roxburgh College
  • Rushworth P-12 College (Rushworth Secondary Campus)
  • Rutherglen High School
  • Sale College (Guthridge Campus)
  • Sandringham College (Sandringham Year 7-10 Campus)
  • Scoresby Secondary College
  • Seymour College
  • Shepparton High School
  • Sherbrooke Community School
  • Somerville Secondary College
  • South Gippsland Secondary College
  • South Oakleigh Secondary College
  • Springside P-9 College
  • St Albans Secondary College
  • St Arnaud Secondary College
  • St Helena Secondary College
  • Staughton College
  • Stawell Secondary College
  • Strathmore Secondary College
  • Sunbury College
  • Sunbury Downs Secondary College
  • Sunshine College (Ardeer Campus)
  • Sunshine College (North Sunshine Campus)
  • Sunshine College (West Sunshine Campus)
  • Surf Coast Secondary College
  • Swan Hill College
  • Swifts Creek P-12 School (Tambo Campus)
  • Tallangatta Secondary College
  • Tarneit P-9 College
  • Taylors Lakes Secondary College
  • Templestowe College
  • Terang College (5-12 Campus)
  • The Grange P-12 College
  • The Lakes South Morang P-9 School
  • Thomastown Secondary College
  • Thornbury High School
  • Timbarra P-9 College
  • Timboon P-12 School
  • Trafalgar High School
  • Traralgon College (East Campus)
  • Truganina P-9 College
  • Tyrrell College
  • University High School
  • Upper Yarra Secondary College
  • Upwey High School
  • Vermont Secondary College
  • Victoria University Secondary College (Deer Park Campus)
  • Viewbank College
  • Wallan Secondary College
  • Wanganui Park Secondary College
  • Wangaratta High School (Edwards Street Campus)
  • Wantirna College
  • Warracknabeal Secondary College
  • Warragul Regional College
  • Warrandyte High School
  • Warrnambool College (Warrnambool Campus)
  • Wedderburn College
  • Weeroona College Bendigo
  • Wellington Secondary College
  • Werribee Secondary College
  • Werrimull P-12 School
  • Westall Secondary College
  • Western Heights Secondary College (Vines Road Campus)
  • Western Port Secondary College
  • Wheelers Hill Secondary College
  • Whittlesea Secondary College
  • William Ruthven Secondary College
  • Williamstown High School (Bayview Campus)
  • Wodonga Middle Years College (Felltimber Campus)
  • Wodonga Middle Years College (HighWater Campus)
  • Wodonga Middle Years College (Huon Campus)
  • Wonthaggi Secondary College (Dudley Campus)
  • Wycheproof P-12 College
  • Wyndham Central Secondary College
  • Yarra Hills Secondary College (Mooroolbark Campus)
  • Yarra Hills Secondary College (Mount Evelyn Campus)
  • Yarram Secondary College
  • Yarrawonga College P-12 (Gilmore Street Campus)
  • Yea High School
  • Yuille Park P-8 Community College (Grevillea Campus)

The proper name used by Victorian Department of Education is called “Designated neighbourhood school” which is what a particular address is zoned for particular school. When discussed from prospective of a particular school is often referred as one of the following term.

  • Designated neighbourhood zone
  • Designated neighbourhood boundary
  • Neighbourhood zone
  • School Zone
  • School intake area
  • School catchment

For the final confirmation please contact the school in question.

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Why Computer And Technology Related Courses Are Becoming So Unpopular With Australian School Students?

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I am sure that I cannot be the only one that notices what once was once highly touted various technology related courses such as software programming suffer progressively less enrolment and interest in both secondary and tertiary level. Media kept written articles on how important the technology such as coding skills are to our future and students should be encouraged to that direction.

Alright if software programming is so important and much emphasis on this by the government and media, why was enrolment was in significant decline over the recent years. All the media articles just go on about the importance of the skills themselves without going into the root of the issue.

To be brutally honest, job prospect and potentially income is of likely more importance to most students and their parents relating to other reasons. Ideally, you want to combine interest with job prospects. If being a Doctor or pushing paper earns more money and offers better job security, then by far majority of the students will gravitate towards that direction when choosing what to study.

Now let’s start looking at software programming career future, it earns better than average salary and got decent job prospect. However compare to many other careers you needs to constantly update your skills, relative insecure job security due to outsourcing and other reasons, etc. Why would students want to compete with the host of 457 visa holders and bad job security when there are easier and better options like finance there to be had.

School Zoning in Victoria

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School zoning in Victoria is simple yet can be complicated at the same time. In summary, the school zone or the official name Designated Neighbourhood Zone for Victorian schools are generally whatever closest to the student’s home. The exception between metro and rural area is that in the metro area this is defined by distance as the crow flies. In the rural area, it is defined as whatever closest travelling distance school to student’s home. Only Melbourne metropolitan region, Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong are considered as the metro area for this purpose.

Also in some specific circumstances, Victorian Department of Education and Training have designed a number of Primary and Secondary school with specifically designated neighbourhood zone. If this is the case, it will no longer follow the closest distance rule anymore. What this means is that even if you live opposite to a particular school, if student’s home does not fall into the specifically designated neighbourhood zone then he or she may not be accepted into the school in question.

What adds to the complication is that in Victoria, Public Schools have a large mix of year range. In NSW, it is generally Kindergarten to Year 6, plus Year 7 to 12 for Public Schools. There is a few exception of infant schools going from Kindergarten to Year 3, Junior High Schools from Year 7 to 10 and Senior High Schools from Year 11 to 12. However, schools like these are relatively rare, for example in Sydney there are only a handful of Senior schools going from Year 11 to 12 compare to the hundreds of regular ones from Year 7 to 12. Also, Kindergarten in NSW is equivalent of Preschool in Victoria which refers to the first year of primary education that starts before Year One.

In Victoria there are dizzying array of year range for public schools, for example, they can be the following combination which I am sure I missed some

  • Preschool to Year 4
  • Preschool to Year 5
  • Preschool to Year 6
  • Preschool to Year 7
  • Preschool to Year 8
  • Year 5 to Year 12
  • Year 7 to Year 9
  • Year 7 to Year 10
  • Year 7 to Year 12
  • Year 8 to Year 12
  • Year 9 to Year 12
  • Year 10 to Year 12
  • Year 11 to Year 12

Now you see why it is a major pain in the rear for someone to create school zone maps for Victora, it is major work just to sort out the year range and group them.

The official Victorian government blog entry can be found here. As in all cases with Victoria School Zones, for final confirmation, you should contact the school in question. Most of the schools will have some spare spaces so out of area application is very viable for most of the schools and worth a try if there are specific schools students want to attend but their own fall outside of its school zone.

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Artarmon Public School Upgrade

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How is the Easter Holiday for your guys, I have had a good one and came back refreshed. Today’s topic is something the parents from the local communities are well aware of. To refresh what is happening, Artarmon Public School has been the first or second ranked Public School at primary level in NSW for a number of years now. This fact combined with significant development in new dwelling within the school catchment area caused a massive surge in the school enrolment number. What the Department of Education doing is bringing demountable classrooms to accommodate the increase in enrollment number. Last time I visited Artarmon Public School, there are close to 20 classrooms plus various of facilities with demountable style hall and other facilities hosted in them as well. Sufficient to say it is one of the most crowded school I have visited in Sydney. You can find more pictures and information in the two blog entries I did for Artarmon Public School previously.

Following is the project overview for the proposed upgrade for Artarmon Public School.

The project involves:

  • The establishment of a temporary school, known as the Barton Road Campus;
  • The construction of a new 3 storey building incorporating 21 future focused teaching spaces and library (anticipated completion early 2018);
  • New student amenities (anticipated completion early 2018);
  • A new hall on the Abbott Road Campus (anticipated completion early 2019);
  • The integration of Abbott Lane to provide a better functional link between the McMillan and Abbott Road Campus'(anticipated completion early 2018);
  • The creation of a shared access way in Hampden Lane (anticipated completion early 2018);
  • The removal of demountable teaching spaces (anticipated completion early 2019); and
  • More continuous and functional open play space (anticipated completion early 2019).

The complete project is due for completion in early 2019.

On completion of the project, students currently residing in the Barton Road Campus will be transferred back to the McMillan Road Campus and the temporary school will be decommissioned.

There is a bit of back and forth with the proposed upgrade, the original plan was modified last year and the school hall part of it got axed. There was a pretty significant local community backlash for this change. The good news is that Department of Education has listened and original plan has been reinstated which is really great and secures the short to intermediate future for the school. However in the long term, there still possible catchment shrink with more new public school coming online in the North Shore area to future relief the enrollment pressure.

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School Funding in Australia

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With school funding in Australia, it is not just about giving more money to the schools. With the current budget constraint, efficient use and distribution of the money to schools is a much better alternative. States need to work closer with their Federal counterpart to come up with better and more efficient options on how the money is used. I know it is politically sensitive to reduce the funding to schools that do not really need them compare to the others, primarily these are the top end of private schools. Indoor pools are a nice thing to have but hardly required items, this money just better off to be spent elsewhere. You have to lay the original blame on John Howard with creating this problem and Gillard government for lack of courage to properly implement the Gonski plan.

Another phenomenon is that many schools function largely with the free help from parents particularly mothers. All the canteen of public schools in my local area is run by volunteering parents. My children’s public school P&C pays the cleaners for the school drawing its own fund. It is planning to install Air Conditioners for all classrooms with its own fund as well. Another local public school even paid for an extra teacher with its own money as well.

You have to question why your local schools rely so heavily on the contributing of money and free labour from parents.

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How Big Of A Factor Is Local School When Purchasing Properties?

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I remember reading an article years ago that school is one of the top things that people looking at when purchasing a property. Being a parent myself, I fully understand all parents concern on this. I personally wasn’t as picky as some people I know, rank 100 with rank 2 in the state does not really matter that much to me. However, that is not to say all parents are similar to me. I was also lucky that the schools in the area I was interested in all were of good enough quality for me so that sure made my life easier when house hunting. The school is very important, however, if the parents don’t spend the effort at educating their children, no matter how good the schools it will not help.

Some properties that are on different side of the street due to falling in or out of a particular school zone can end up the price difference in hundred thousands of dollars. What I think what a good school has to offer are accommodating environment with parents that spend effort working with their children and school. I always make the joke to my partner that as long as my kids don’t abuse alcohol, don’t do drugs, practice safe sex and not lead a life of crime, I am all good whatever else they do.

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Should you hold back your child one year before starting on school?

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I just read the article “Holding them back: What age should kids really start school?” on This is a very interesting one and worth a read, particularly for prospective parents with children that are about to start school.  The area where I lived the majority of my life at, most people I know normally send their kids to school as soon as they legally qualified to do so. One of the most important factor I think is to do with cost as well, one less childcare cost to bear is actually a big deal for a lot of families. I recently moved to a more affluent area and from what I can observe most of the parents hold their kids back one year.

I do agree with the article’s conclusion that whether to do so is a personal one and differs from child to child as well. My son is the second youngest in the whole class and there are children that are closet o 18 months older. He is a socially active boy, so fitting in was never an issue for me. We did have to spend significant more effort in learning words and working on reading compare to my daughter in her Kindergarten year. He is doing well now academically but still, lags in sports. If given the choice again when choosing whether sending him to school or not, I most likely will actually hold him back one more year.

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Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA)

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Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage as normally reference as ICSEA is created for following purpose as described by Myschool. This is often thrown around various of sites and news but mostly without a detailed explanation on what it is and what does it mean.

The index of community socio-educational advantage (ICSEA) was created by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) specifically to enable meaningful comparisons of National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test achievement by students in schools across Australia.

As shown above, the ICSEA for school is made up by only following four factor.

  1. Parents’ Occupation
  2. Parents’ Education
  3. Geographical Location
  4. Proportion of Indigenous Students

The previous version of ICSEA use to use the census data and this is no longer the case. Another important thing to note is that income is not part of equation in calculating the score. Neither is the wealth of the school be taken into account when calculating the score. What this means is that ICSEA may not be such a good score to measure general social economical advantage between schools as some might traditionally think.

It maybe even the case that wealth of the parents have little affect on student’s academic performance, I will have to do more research and to see if there are existing study on this in Australia.

Willoughby Public School Long Over Dued Expansion Plan

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It is apparent to anyone who had visited Willoughby Public School recently which is that the school itself is really crowded. There are demountable everywhere and hardly any grass to be seen. I happen to be a frequent visitor so know this particular school very well. A real nice tree next to the sandpit had to be cut down last year to fit in one extra demountable classroom. Another one had to be fitted on the same playground next to the library taking up valuable open space. Existing school layout look like following

The previous extreme short-sightedness of NSW state government who closed and sold a number of schools in Sydney had come back and bite us in a real nasty fashion. Now with surging enrolment in the state particular many suburbs of Sydney, the new school had to be constructed and existing one expanded. Despite the significant investment recently by the state government, there is still a massive amount of shortfall in the existing school, not to mentioned the expected continue to increase in enrolment in the future.

Willoughby Public School is pretty much a case study of what had and is happening in NSW and Sydney, over last 20 years till now. Massive increase in population and demand in the North Shore area in Sydney had put increasing demand on the local schools. With increasing medium to high-intensity residential development in the local area, there will be increasing pressure on enrolment number for Willoughby Public School. I have already done a previous blog post about Willoughby Public School which you can found as following.

Willoughby Public School

I have read the recent local newspaper and saw the proposed upgrade plan and it is great to see something finally is going to be done about the overcrowding of the school and cater for the future increase in enrolment as well. More information can be found directly on Willoughby Public School’s website.

Demolition Plan

Concept Option 1

Concept Option 2

Concept Option 3

The preferred floor plan is as following.

Preferred Concept Option Floor Ground

Preferred Concept Option Floor One

Preferred Concept Option Floor Two


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Is NSW Selective Schools Becoming Bastions Of Inequality

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I read this article ‘Bastions of inequality’: selective schools increasingly cater to the most advantaged students by Christina Ho on SMH about a month ago and have not had time to write my thought about it until now.

First to summarise what the article had been trying to convey which is roughly the following

As public schools designed to cater for gifted and talented students, selective schools should be accessible to high achievers regardless of family background. The MySchool figures raise serious questions about how accessible or meritocratic selective schools really are. They have become more inaccessible in recent years, almost completely so to the most disadvantaged groups.

Selective schools were set up to provide opportunities to the gifted and talented, not just the wealthy, gifted and talented.

While I agree with the who gains entrance to our selective schools, this is not in dispute by either hard facts and personal experience as well. However what need to be said is that enrolment into the selective high school purely based on examination result is arguably the fairest method of doing so. As the Christina had pointed out in the article that selective high schools as a public school are designed to cater for gifted and talented students. How else can we judge and determine who is more gifted and talented?

We can patch the issue by creating quotas to admit students from different social economic backgrounds. This does not solve the fundamental cause of students from high social economic background performs betters than their counterparts from the lower social economic background. I am a big believer of admittance purely based on examination result which despite its flaws still is the fairest and best way to go. What we should be doing to why this is happening in our education system and what we can do to minimise it. It is impossible completely eradicate this phenomenal, but we can most definitely improve on what we have currently.

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