Back-to-school measures announced yesterday is 'not the end result', according to the Education Minister.
Norma Foley says she'll be pushing to help more families in the Budget this September.
A new report from the Irish League of Credit Unions found parents of second-level students are spending just over 1,500 euro on sending their child back to school.
It's found almost one third of parents are getting into debt due to rising back to school costs.
the survey also shows the average spend per secondary school child is €1,518, and €1,195 at primary school level.
It comes as families are to get a €100 boost in the back-to-school allowance, along with a package of other measures to help tackle rising costs.
The costs of sending children to school this September are the highest since the ILCU started its annual survey in 2017. This, on top of the rising costs of living and high inflation, will heavily impact on households across the country.https://t.co/pkOVvPUaXt#Back2School pic.twitter.com/i2AgMlJRvf
— Credit Union (@creditunionie) July 6, 2022
Costs Going Up
League of Credit Unions spokesperson, Paul Bailey, says they've reached record levels:
"Well what we're finding since we began doing this survey back in 2017 is these are the highest costs on record."
"So we're finding secondary school, the cost of sending a child has gone up €27 on last year, up to €1,518."
"For primary school it's gone up €9 to €1,195 [to send a child to primary school]."