Saturday 22 September 2018

Carol Hunt: 'Teachers get sick cover but who'll pay for our book-crippled kids

“I need a new schoolbag, mum,” says my 12-year-old daughter. “The straps on the one I have are torn and about to give way.”

“You can't be serious!” is my astonished response. I recall the argument I had with her father when he bought her the fashionable Converse bag just seven weeks ago.

I said a cheaper version would have done the job just as well; he argued that the better-quality, more-expensive brand would last her for years and be better value. I have a look at the bag and concede she's right. Not two months of use and it's fit for the bin.

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