Families being ‘routinely charged’ for basic classroom resources

Apr 19, 2018 by

PARENTS are increasingly being charged for basic materials in school subjects such as art, drama and home economics, experts have warned.

Poverty campaigners said the practice proved a state school education was no longer “free” – with charges even forcing pupils from poorer families to drop subjects.

The concerns were raised during an evidence session held by the Scottish Parliament’s education committee, which is looking at the impact of poverty on pupil performance.

Earlier this month it emerged from evidence to the inquiry that teachers are using their own money to buy food and clothes for some poverty-stricken pupils.

Source: Families being ‘routinely charged’ for basic classroom resources | HeraldScotland

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