A welcome measure to consult parents on costs
The sad reality is that "free education" - even at primary level - is a relative term. All parents want what is best for their children, especially when it comes to giving them the best education available.
But the issue of so-called "voluntary contributions", which in practice are not really optional at all, is a big one for many cash-strapped parents still coping with the after-effects of a prolonged recession.
For this and many other reasons, a new draft law to be published today is welcome news. The Education (Parents and Students Charter) Bill aims to increase the schools' response to the needs and expectations of parents and will make consultation between parents and teachers the norm rather than the exception.