A mother-of-four has called back to school expenses a ‘joke’ after spending $578 on the mere basics for three of her kids.
She said the hundreds of dollars did not include the cost of the compulsory school uniform, school shoes or backpacks – but the mere basics.
The public school her child attended asked each student to provide whiteboard markers for their teacher, at a cost of $88 for six packs of four, Ms Bogan said.
Cindy writes, “This! This is a joke!
This is my bill from Big W. I am in no way targeting this at Big W – they are one of the cheapest for Back2School supplies.
This is the total for books & stationery ONLY for a Year 10, Year 8 & Prep student for commencing 2017 in a PUBLIC school.
Included in this total is $88. $88 for 6 packs of 4 Whiteboard Markers for the Prep students TEACHER. 24 Whiteboard Markers PER student. So if there is 20 students in ONE Prep Class – that’s a total of 480 Whiteboard Markers. Are you serious!?
I understand teachers are in no way on a flamboyant wage but this is something the GOVERNMENT should be coughing up in order for our children to receive the education they are entitled to!
They whinge that the youth of today aren’t trying/aren’t interested/aren’t “applying” themselves when in fact, the government have made it near impossible for 74% of families to be able to afford to ensure their children are fully equipped to commenced schooling!
$578 JUST for the BASICS! That’s not including the $300 for COMPULSORY uniforms. That’s not including $150 for COMPULSORY footwear. That’s not including $150 on SUSTAINABLE backpacks to last more than 1 school term. And lastly, that’s not including the $440 combined total for the School Resource Scheme – which seeing as I have had to provide the A4 paper & tissues – I am unsure what this scheme even covers anymore!
What has p***ed me off most? The removal of the SCHOOL BONUS PAYMENT. The above cost to myself today is what 74% of Australian Families earn in a WEEK! That’s without having to pay rent/mortgages and without the rising cost of electricity/food & fuel.
So many families relied on the School Bonus to do exactly what I did today – prepare their children for the coming school year. I hope all you politicians and your ignorance to the average Australian family see this & make the change. You are happy to help every country & allow every immigrant without processing into our country but your not happy to help the hard working, citizens and families of the underpaid Australians that keep the caviar on your tables. Wake up Australia!”
Her post has attracted loads of support and been shared over 2500 times.
The Schoolkids Bonus was last paid in July last year, and will not continue in 2017.
Its axing means parents will lose up to $856 for each of their school aged children this year.
Families with a combined household income below $100,000 will lose $430 per primary school aged child, and $856 per high school aged child each year.
The bonus had been dished out in two payments in January and July to help pay for school uniforms, books, sports and music, the Department of Social Services website says.
Without the bonus, 2017 will be $1,712 more expensive for an eligible family with two high school aged children, to save the government $4.5 billion.
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