Plan to ease burden on households welcomed
THERE has been a widespread welcome for moves to cut school costs.
Fergus Finlay, chief executive of the children's charity Barnardos, said the issue was raised year-on-year by parents, some of whom end up in significant debt trying to get their child kitted out.
He said schools must proactively undertake this ministerial direction.
The National Parents Council Primary welcomed the move to strengthen parents' role in decisions on uniform policies.
Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI), representing school managers in the vocational sector, also welcomed the move.
ETBI general secretary Michael Moriarty said it was important that parents were consulted on school policies that involved a cost to household budgets and uniforms constituted a significant annual expense in homes.
Teachers Union of Ireland president Gerard Craughwell welcomed any move to engage in consultation with parents on the issue. "It is TUI's position that any uniform should be reasonably priced and locally available and the cost should not soar with the addition of the school crest," he said.