A handful of WA public schools each raised more than $1 million from parents' fundraising drives, fees, charges and contributions to supplement Government funding, the latest version of the My School website has revealed.
The figures, based on 2011 financial records, show that parents of some State school students are shelling out much more from their own pockets to cover course fees, books, camps and excursions.
At Churchlands Senior High School, parents paid more than $2.2 million, while those at Mt Lawley SHS handed over about $1.3 million.
Another six schools, including Carine, Willetton and Rossmoyne senior high schools, Shenton College, Perth Modern School and Woodvale Secondary College, received more than $1 million from parents.
My School, which was updated on Wednesday, says that figures listed under "fees, charges and parental contributions" include voluntary contributions, course charges, overseas student fees and parent payments for excursions and camps. Donations, fundraising and canteen revenues are also listed under "other private sources".
WA Council of State School Organisations president Kylie Catto said it was the responsibility of Government to fund public education adequately.
"The financial status of parents should not have any bearing or impact on the quality of the education offered to students and the resources available to a school," she said.
WA Senior School Executives Association president Rob Nairn said schools in wealthier areas were more likely to collect a bigger percentage of voluntary contributions and charges.
"That's always been the case," he said. "In some places, parents are unwilling or don't have the capacity to make that contribution."
Mr Nairn said the financial figures on My School did not provide a true picture of money received by public schools because they included departmental expenses such as bureaucrats' salaries.
Churchlands SHS principal Neil Hunt said the figures were "very rubbery", but the school's funds could have been inflated by $1 million which parents raised to help students go on an overseas music tour.He said more than 90 per cent of parents paid the voluntary fees, which gave Churchlands greater capacity to provide resources.
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