School uniforms too expensive, according to web survey

Almost 90% of mothers believe the cost of a school uniform is too expensive, while more than half fear their child could be bullied.

A survey carried out by MummyPages.ie also found that just a third of mothers questioned said they had the option of buying a generic school uniform, meaning two thirds faced the additional cost of buying a specific outfit for their child.

In total, almost two thirds of mothers who took part in the survey said they found back-to-school costs to be expensive.

More than 1,000 parents were surveyed and the findings included:

- 63% of mums find primary school expensive with 51% experiencing financial difficulty last year;

- The average back-to-school text book and stationery spend is €188 for children in third to sixth      class;

- 52% of mums spend an average of €196 on school uniforms;

- 88% of parents think uniforms are unnecessarily expensive, with only 33% of mums able to buy a generic school uniform.

The survey also found that 56% of mothers worry that their child may become a victim of bullying during their primary school years.

A similar percentage think their child’s schoolbag may be too heavy.

Almost 90% of those questioned said they were happy with the education options close to where they live, while 90% said they rated their child’s primary school teacher as very good or excellent.

Laura Haugh, the Mum-in-Residence for MummyPages.ie, said that summer was an expensive time for parents and that an increase to the children’s allowance payment in August would help.

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