what is the difference between public and private schools?
- bluebellbkkLv 79 months ago
Note that in the UK, what we call 'public schools' are quite different from what the term means in the US. A British 'public school' is a school like Eton or Winchester - fee-paying, with excellent teaching and facilities. They are 'public' in the sense that anyone who can pay the fees can be accepted.
Ordinary state-funded schools are free, but you generally have to go to the one nearest where you live, and the quality of teaching may vary hugely from one to another.
- ZirpLv 79 months ago
public schools are funded by taxes, and accept any student.
Private schools are funded by (the parents of) the students, and can accept or refuse whomever they want
- RPLv 79 months ago
There are several differences, but the most obvious is public schools do not charge tuition or admission fees because they are paid for (subsidized) by tax revenues whereas private schools are not available to everyone and charge tuition. Among several other differences, public schools have criteria for faculty members that are more stringent than private schools.... for example, teachers must be credentialed and there are many other requirements like number of days in the school year or curriculum content that are specified by law or order of an authority like the local school board whereas private schools have more freedom or latitude in determining these and other matters.
- keerokLv 79 months ago
Public high schools are handled and managed by the government. Private schools are owned and managed by private individuals or corporations. From where I am, those who go to public schools do not pay tuition fees. There may be other fees but very minimal. Private schools on the other hand can dictate their own fees but are regulated by the government.
In terms of quality of education, most public schools don't have much.
Being filled to the brim, because it's free, public classrooms have very few teachers to handle a lot of students. The reverse is true with private schools so you can expect better teaching there. The problem here however is that public schools pay much higher than private schools so the tendency is for fresh graduate teachers to get experience in the private school then move to the public school for good. This complicates matters because with a continuous change of faculty, private schools are having a hard time maintaining instructional quality. Add to that fact that more and more teaching graduates go to work as maids or caregivers abroad.
Discipline is generally stricter in private schools with lesser students to worry about. In the public, students usually can get away with almost anything, even attendance.
Curriculum is the same, but the manner of teaching varies. Private schools who are better equipped can of course teach better.
Too many points of comparison to include in this answer. I feel I can write a paper about it. If you're looking for a place for your kid, go to a private school if you can afford it. If not then no choice.