Tesco enters the back-to-school price war with uniform for €6.50
The supermarket price war over budget school uniforms is well under way with one chain offering a full outfit for as little as €5.47.
But many parents will not benefit because a majority of schools still insist that "official" crested uniforms are required.
Aldi currently offers uniforms at €5.47, while Tesco yesterday announced it was entering the fray with a €6.50 offering.
Dunnes Stores' lowest combination for a boys jumper, shirt and pants is €24.70. The same combination in Marks & Spencer starts at €28.50. Lidl provides back-to-school equipment but is not competing in the uniform market.
But as these supermarkets battle it out, Barnardos said most schools would not accept these cheap alternatives as they do not have school crests emblazoned on, forcing many cash-strapped families to shell out up to €160 extra per child per uniform.
And a survey of 1,000 Irish parents carried out by Tesco uncovered 52pc of Irish parents said hand-me-down uniforms were a common initiative to save on costs.
However, 42pc of parents felt they should buy new garments for their child.
Aldi and Tesco both said they sourced their cheaper uniforms ethically.
A spokeswoman for Aldi said: "As a responsible business, we are committed to ensuring the human rights of workers in our supply chains are respected.
"All suppliers of our 'Back to School' range must comply with applicable national laws, industry minimum standards and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and United Nations (UN) Conventions, whichever standard is more stringent."
A spokeswoman for Tesco said: "Our F&F Back to School uniform range at Tesco is produced by a number of suppliers and sourced ethically from across the world.
"We know that our customers care that the places these garments are made are good places to work, and so do we."