'It's children who'll pay for our mistakes'
NINE out of 10 parents believe their children will end up paying for the mistakes of this generation, a survey conducted exclusively for the Irish Independent shows.
The majority of parents believe they are paying a higher cost for getting their children ready to return to school, but also say schoolchildren will end up paying the price for the financial mistakes of this generation when they leave school.
The cost of bailing out our banks and sheer expense of running the State will be burdens for the youngsters of today for years to come, parents feel.
As many as 94pc of parents believe the cost of educating their children has gone up this year, according to the survey, which was conducted by the Call Management Company of Blackpool in Cork.
The survey also shows that three-quarters of parents feel the Government is not putting enough resources into education, whether at primary, secondary or third level.
And quite a few parents report that their children's school has the latest classroom technology of a white board.
Eight out of 10 parents said the blackboard has been abandoned in their children's classrooms, with a whiteboard made up of a laptop and a high-definition screen in its place.
The cost for schools of funding this type of technology could be one of the reasons parents feel financially put upon.
Two-thirds of parents feel schools should do more to keep costs for parents down -- a sobering warning for school principals.
Not many parents can afford to put an education fund together at the moment.
Just a third of parents are putting money aside regularly to meet the cost of putting children through the education system.