Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Should Private Schools Have Charitable Status in United Kingdom?

The Guardian (Education Section) has some interesting opinions about private schools in United Kingdom having charitable status.  Here is an excerpt from one of the opinion letters:

I think it's absurd to give charitable status to something that's there to benefit the privileged few. I was in private school from nursery right through to A-levels. I had my first state education at university, and I've been left with a strong feeling that it's a very iniquitous system. I think private schools should be abolished. They lie at the root of the class system; there will always be a class system, but private schools are about buying your way in society.

For the entire story, see "Multiple choice: In the private interest - Should private schools have charitable status?" in the March 25, 2008, issue of The Guardian.  For earlier blog coverage of this issue, see here and here.



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Now that the UK is trying to collapse the Pemsel Heads into the overarching public benefit category, I'd expect the question of school exemption to get way more heated. That it hasn't is testament to the glacial pace of the Charity Commission's development of public benefit tests.

Posted by: jpe | Mar 26, 2008 9:23:49 AM

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