The photo is well suited for this blog with ‘Caution School’ being very appropriate! I’m one of the lucky ones I only have one school going child now so I dread to think how much some families are paying.
Education is meant to be free in Ireland, which is a joke because it certainly isn’t free. I ordered Lucy’s schoolbooks today and each one cost between 30-40 euro. These are just secondary school books, not college or university. I only ordered them this early because one website is giving 10% off until the end of July. Parents can’t buy 2nd hand books in most cases because some publishers seem to bring out new editions every year.
The uniform is another big expense. The school has changed the school skirt and they are 60 euro each. Why didn’t the school pick a plain coloured skirt instead of an awful kilt? The boys can wear plain grey trousers so the girls should be allowed to wear plain grey skirts. The jumpers cost 40 euro each because they have a school crest on them and the school jackets are 50 euro.
On top of that I will have to pay 70 euro of a voluntary contribution when Lucy goes back to school…..I don’t remember volunteering for that. Some parents didn’t send in the money last year and their children’s names were called out in class as a ‘reminder’.
If Lucy was to get the school bus that would cost another 300 euro a year….I would rather use that money to pay for my car insurance and drive her too and from school myself.
I’d love to hear what other parents think.