Half of parents feel pressure to pay school voluntary contribution

Half of parents feel pressure to pay school voluntary contribution

Three-quarters of primary school parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution to their child's school.

A survey carried out by the National Parents Council Primary also revealed that in some cases the request is for more than €200.

Half of the parents surveyed said they feel pressure to pay.

CEO of the National Parents Council Primary Aine Lynch says it can damage a parent's relationship with their child's school.

"We know from research that it's really important that parents engage in their children's learning and engage with the school around their children's learning," she said.

If the first conversation with the parent in the school is around ability to pay money and a parent can't pay it then how does that parent go in the next week to talk about their children's learning in maths or English or anything else?

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