AS the first day of school is fast approaching, parents have to prepare for the new school year and all the financial hurdles it brings. Principal for Victoria Primary, Lajeeth Maharaj, said parents should make buying uniforms and essential stationery requirements their main priority this festive period.“Together with this, parents must set aside the re-registration fee for 2019. This fee would have been advertised already by individual schools. Parents must understand that it is a government requirement that parents re-register for the New Year and pay the necessary deposit,” Maharaj said. Maharaj urged parents to cooperate and accept the fact that schools need the fees to meet early financial commitments.“Parents should do away with buying expensive gifts for children as, after a while, the gift is forgotten and discarded. Rather buy a gift that can motivate the child to excel. “By the parents focusing on sorting out the school requirements for the child, the right message is sent to our children that we are making education our number one priority.”Parents are asked to make their children’s first day at school special and memorable. Maharaj said: “Planning well for school now sends the right message to our children; that we must take our education more seriously if we want to excel as individuals and as a nation.“While I applaud many parents for showing a great interest in their children’s education, it is disappointing to see that many parents are apathetic towards their child’s education. “I have, at this point, many unclaimed reports for 2018. “The report is the most important document that is prepared for the child and is an official record of the child’s whole year progress. “Children wait anxiously for this report and parents sadly choose not to collect it from school. I urge those parents to change their attitude towards this in 2019,” Maharaj ended.