School costs too high

LETTER

All our children should be able to go to school as equals. However the cost of school uniforms, books and other fees is prohibitive for some parents — with the children being embarrassed as a result of poverty. We need our future generations to be confident and educated.

I’ve never quite figured out why mass-produced uniforms should be so expensive. Surely there should be cost reductions due to cheaper production and economies of scale.

There was an incident with my son years ago when I bought a generic white polo shirt for $5, whereas the school polo shirt would have cost $35. As a poor solo mum at the time, this was what I could afford. The only difference was the logo, so I asked the school of the cost for this. It was also $5 . . . so how can the rest of the cost be justified? Luckily his school let him wear his un-monogrammed polo shirt but I probably would have bought a second-hand shirt and sewn the old logo on his new shirt if I’d had to.

If schools have uniforms they should be available at a realistic and reasonable cost, as should the school stationery. That way our kids will not have to be embarrassed and won’t stay at home due to not having the right uniform or insufficient learning materials.

Mary-Ann de Kort

All our children should be able to go to school as equals. However the cost of school uniforms, books and other fees is prohibitive for some parents — with the children being embarrassed as a result of poverty. We need our future generations to be confident and educated.

I’ve never quite figured out why mass-produced uniforms should be so expensive. Surely there should be cost reductions due to cheaper production and economies of scale.

There was an incident with my son years ago when I bought a generic white polo shirt for $5, whereas the school polo shirt would have cost $35. As a poor solo mum at the time, this was what I could afford. The only difference was the logo, so I asked the school of the cost for this. It was also $5 . . . so how can the rest of the cost be justified? Luckily his school let him wear his un-monogrammed polo shirt but I probably would have bought a second-hand shirt and sewn the old logo on his new shirt if I’d had to.

If schools have uniforms they should be available at a realistic and reasonable cost, as should the school stationery. That way our kids will not have to be embarrassed and won’t stay at home due to not having the right uniform or insufficient learning materials.

Mary-Ann de Kort

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Denise - 10 months ago
I totally agree. I am a single mother and my son, who unfortunately for me is too big to fit children's sizes, has just started at intermediate.

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