According to the NZ Herald, parents are paying a record high amount for school donations, with costs for public secondary schools amounting to $3139 a year and $2047 for primary.
These costs include fees, extracurricular, clothing, necessities, travel and computers. And we all know those ‘donations’ are not at all optional.
All of those categories are necessary for a student’s learning, development and educational development.
It’s incredibly unfair for a student to miss out on a learning experience because their parents struggle to pay for it, not to mention the peer pressure that comes with that. This is how inequality perpetuates.
Of course these things cost money to acquire and someone needs to foot that bill, as unfortunate as that is. As much as education has no monetary value, we live in a system where everything is run by money, even the opportunities of innocent children in their futures.
But to put that burden on parents who are stuck between wanting the best for their children’s education and struggling to pay for the cost that comes with that.
If some families can’t even afford a decent breakfast, how can we expect all these other expenses to be easy to pay?