ONE of the biggest stresses for parents just before the new school year begins is buying uniforms.
According to research most parents would like their schools to help them with costs by standardising uniforms instead of having school colours for them.
Standardising uniforms could mean grey pants or shorts for boys and navy, grey, or black skirts for girls, which are the colours most public school pupils wear.
The Fever spoke to some parents about this year’s uniform costs compared to last year.
Sibongiseni Cele said girls uniforms are not as expensive as the boys.
“Boys pants and shoes are very expensive,” said Cele.
Zanele Cele (not related) said she can’t complain as everything has gone up.
“I can’t say that there is much of a difference, but I can see I will be spending more than I budgeted for,” she said.
Joy Mbhele, who’s child is in Grade 3, said stationery was expensive as prices have increased and more was needed for the new grade.
The father of twin boys, Malusi Blose, said he had to buy double of everything.
“I had to buy 10 school pants and 10 shirts and I must say its not easy when everything has doubled. Both my boys are in Grade 1, and stationery also had to be doubled,” said Blose.
Overall, most parents said the most expensive school item are shoes.