Parents launch campaign for generic school uniforms as outfits with school crests cost €400 per year
Irish parents have launched a campaign calling for the Minister for Education to enforce school uniform regulations which could save up to €300 per child each year.
Parenting website Mummypages.ie has gathered the support of nearly 4,000 Irish parents for their campaign ‘Can the Crest’ which would see all Irish schools have generic and more affordable uniforms without having to purchase uniforms in specialist shops.
Currently, purchasing t-shirts, jumpers, tracksuits and coats which are specifically made for certain schools can cost families up to €400 each year per child. In comparison two sets of the average generic uniform from mainstream stores costs parents an average of €86 per child.
The campaign calls upon Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to introduce legislation which would see that all schools throughout the country would have generic and affordable uniforms which parents can then sew or iron on the school crest.
Recent research by Mummypages.ie found that 51pc of mums experience financial difficulty in putting their child through school and 88pc of parents think their uniform is unnecessarily expensive.
Spokesperson for MummyPages.ie Laura Haugh said: “It is completely unreasonable for any school to ask parents to buy expensive school uniforms, especially given their short life span with children going through growth spurts and heavy daily wear and tear.”
“Successful implementation of this initiative would involve school management buying school crests in bulk on behalf of parents and selling them individually to parents. The cost per crest would amount to €1 to €1.50 each. Parents could then be allowed to buy a full generic uniform in a specified department store for as little as €6.”
“The crests can be ironed on to jumpers, blazers, tracksuits, pinafores, t-shirts and even school bags saving parents hundreds of euro. Parents should be given the chance to have their say and at MummyPages.ie we are providing a forum to do just that. The results will then be presented to government and school boards nationwide. ”