End text book rip-off
THIS autumn, parents will be paying up to €400 for textbooks for a son or daughter starting first or fifth year in secondary school, and €100 in the case of a child starting primary school. For some, at a time of such distress and pressure for families, the bill will seem the last straw. And with the last straw could come what middle-class families would regard as the last resort.
Audry Deane of the St Vincent de Paul Society says that increasing numbers of parents cannot afford to buy the textbooks. They have to seek the society's help.
Why must they spend so much money -- money they can ill afford -- on this item?