Kerry children returning to school without books and uniforms, as parents struggle with costs

Some Kerry children will be half way through their first term in school next month, before their parents can afford to buy all their books and full uniform.

That’s according to a spokesman for the St Vincent de Paul in Kerry, who says many working parents are still struggling with rising back-to-school costs.

The society’s Tralee President Junior Locke was reacting to figures released this week by Barnardos, which show that many parents avoid paying household bills this month, in order to finance school costs.

He says it would be a huge help, if more Kerry schools ran a book rental scheme, and if the Government returned the ‘Back to Education’ grant to 2011 levels.

Mr Locke says, not having the proper books can be detrimental to a child’s education: