Dear readers it’s Thursday yet again. I hope that you are as well as you can be and also hope that you are safe.
I’m rather annoyed with myself because it appears that the pleurisy is back. Yesterday I went for tests and hopefully I will know what antibiotic will be successful in getting rid of the damned thing.
I’m writing this in the midst of a migraine so I apologise for any spelling mistakes etc.
This week has been a particularly bad week for me. Like so many parents I’ve been worrying about my daughters return to school and buying her uniform.
Thousands of families are also worrying about this though. So many people have become unemployed as a result of the pandemic.
I also suspect that thousands of parents have been ill with Covid 19 like I have as well.
My frustration lies with the schools. They know that their pupils parents will be struggling yet they still demand that all pupils wear a school uniform.
I have no argument with the idea of school uniform though. My argument is with the extortionate cost of school uniform.
Back in the day when my older children were at secondary school I was able to purchase their uniform items quite cheaply at Asda or suchlike. I could also buy a school patch to put on the supermarket uniform.
I’m sure that many of you remember being able to do this.
Sadly it’s not the same now. Schools and uniform shops have cottoned on to the idea that there’s money to be made from this.
It was then that embroidered school logos on specific school uniform pieces bought at specific uniform shops would be accepted.
I know at my daughters school everything bar the school shirts have to have this embroidered logo on them.
I was surprised that the girls had to have a specifically embroidered skirt with a choice of two designs. The boys can wear any type of black school pants, bought from any shop and they don’t have to be embroidered either.
I see this as blatent discrimination, but the school is an academy so they do exactly what they want to do.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is this. I believe that all schools should take into account the cost of uniform and the massive loss of employment and income due to the pandemic.
From my experience it was far easier when my daughter was in primary school. They did a uniform swap there. It’s far more difficult to do this in secondary school though.
Like I’ve already mentioned in my previous blog, I’m also worried about pupil, teacher and classroom assistant safety.
Why can’t schools return to the old way of doing things? It was less discriminatory and a whole lot cheaper.
They won’t though because there’s money to be had from this.
Personally I think that this cost is too much for many of us to bear. I can imagine that thousands of parents will be going without food, trying to patch up old uniform pieces up or taking loans out from dubious money lenders.
Thousands of parents will be trying to manage on meagre Universal Credit payments, some will be sanctioned and living on a reduced income, many will be homeless and living in temporary accommodation, many will be awaiting the decisions of their ESA and PIP medicals and appeals.
No parent or carer should have to go through this though, it’s morally wrong. An embroidered logo doesn’t enable a child to learn more or to achieve higher grades does it.
Surely our children deserve a better quality of life.
Like I said earlier I’m not against school uniforms but I am against the high cost of them.
We are living in unprecedented times, no one could have predicted the suffering caused by the pandemic.
I do know that organisations such as schools should be more understanding and they should offer cheaper uniform alternatives for pupils but they certainly aren’t rushing to do this are they.
It’s much harder to find second hand secondary school uniforms that fit than it is for primary school uniform.
Good luck to all parents and carers trying to get ready for their children ready for the return to school. Maybe one day it will become easier.
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