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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# School Costs

Last year
Most parents concerned about cost of sending children back to school, survey says
The survey found that parents were concerned about the costs amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.
All time
'Collecting the school voluntary contribution is an unwanted and stressful obligation on principals'
As things stand, the contribution is needed to keep school doors open, writes Joseph A Moynihan.
Poll: Should voluntary contributions to schools be scrapped?
Parents can be asked to pay between €60 to €115.
'You have to ask: why are voluntary contributions necessary in a country where we're on the rise financially?'
School principals say rising costs are putting pressure on parents and on schools.
'I am genuinely sick worrying how I am going to pay for back to school costs this year'
A right is not a right if you have to pay for it, writes June Tinsley.
Schools will have to use iron-on crests and let parents rent books
New plans will ensure that certain school equipment cannot be monopolised by retailers.
Poll: Are school uniforms too expensive?
Guidelines are to be issued to schools outlining how they can help cut costs for parents.
Opinion: I'm already worried about how I'll pay for my children to go back to school
Our children’s education must not depend on their parents’ ability to pay.
Infographic: The cost of sending a child to school in Ireland
Children’s charity Barnardos has laid out the results of its annual School Costs Survey in this very handy and informative graphic
Parents "cut back on food" to pay back-to-school costs
Parents have told Barnardos that they are struggling to pay school expenses for their children.
Parents struggling to cope with education costs
Some parents are being forced to take out loans to pay for uniforms and text books, says the children’s charity Barnardos.