Wednesday 28 September 2016

Parents call for new school uniform policy

Sam Griffin

Published 22/04/2015 | 02:30

Jan O'Sullivan
Jan O'Sullivan

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.

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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.

Irish Independent

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