Parents call for new school uniform policy
The crippling costs of children's uniforms has prompted thousands of families to call on Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan to introduce legislation to change school policies.
Almost 4,000 families have now pledged their support to an online petition calling for a new rule which would allow parents to buy much cheaper generic school uniforms and then stitch on school crests. As it stands schools can insist parents buy uniforms from pre-approved retailers.
The group behind the national campaign, called Can the Crest, says the move could save families up to €400 every year and more than €4,400 over the course of a child's total time in school.
The campaign follows research by website MummyPages.ie, which found that more than half of mothers experience financial difficulty in putting their child through school.
Jennifer Cassidy, a Dublin mother of two young boys, said buying a uniform was "increasingly more expensive and challenging". "Jumpers and trousers get ripped. It's very expensive trying to replace them. Changes to uniform policy allowing for generic uniforms would make a huge difference," she said.