Source: Cape Talk
Education law specialist Sue Larkan says parents aren’t legally obligated to purchase back-to-school stationery from a specific supplier or brand.
Larkan is the founder of learner rights group Tabansi, which assists parents and pupils with school disputes.
She says parents can’t be forced to buy stationery from a specific brand prescribed by a school.
Some families are facing difficult financial circumstances and may not be able to afford expensive stationery brands.
Larkan adds that some households have to purchase new stationery for more than one child.
She does warn, however, that certain stationery brands may not last as long or have the same quality.
“Schools are demanding stationery lists. That either the parents buy the packs through the school or they buy certain brand name products, which can be rather expensive.
“There’s no legal binding on a parent to do that at all … A parent can ask for the stationery list and go buy it wherever they want to.
As long as the children have got their stationery and the correct exercise books … they can buy wherever they like.”
At the same time, Larkan advises that parents are not legally obligated to provide toiletry supplies such as toilet rolls, tissues, or soap.
She says schools are responsible for hygiene and cleanliness, and they should factor toiletries into their budgets.
While parents are welcome to volunteer what they can, they can’t be forced to shoulder the burden of toiletry supplies.
“They cannot mandate it … there is no legal forcement on a parent to supply that. The school is responsible for hygiene and sanitation.
“The schools are trying to use that budget on something else, and bring the responsibility back on the parents shoulders.”
Source: Jacaranda FM
It’s back to school which means parents are expected to buy a list of school stationery as long as their arm for their kids.
Stationery can be costly and because of that, it needs to last. These tips below will help you ensure that your child’s school stationery lasts longer and will save you some money.
Buy good quality stationery
Good quality products last longer. Avoid buying things just because they are cheaper. It’s better to invest in quality stationery than finding yourself having to buy more stationery during the year, which might turn out to be costlier.
Remember to compare prices from different stores. You might get good quality products for less by comparing prices.
Organise your stationery
There is nothing worse than coming home to find your child’s stationery scattered all over the floor or in multiple rooms. Not only does this make your house untidy, but it can also result in your child losing some of the stationery. So, teach your children how to organise their stationery and to pack it away tidily.
Make a list
Keeping track of the stationery will ensure that your child doesn’t lose items without realising it. Set aside time for them either daily, or weekly where they check the list and ensure they haven’t lost anything
Ensure your child’s stationery is marked
Children often misplace or get their stationery mixed up. Marking your child’s stationery will ensure that they can easily identify it.
Buy a big enough school bag and space case
If your child’s school bag or space case is too small, they might end up damaging their stationery. Buy a big enough school bag that has the compartments they need for different items. Also get a space case so that they can pack all their stationery in one place.
Take proper care of stationery
Teach your children to handle their stationery with care. This means teaching them the importance of replacing tops on pens and markers, replacing the top on their glue sticks and keeping crayons and colouring pencils packed in the box.
By Devon Koen for Herald Live
While nothing signals the end of the festive season more than the onslaught of back-to school advertising and with parents feeling the financial pinch after splurging over the past two weeks, The Herald conducted a flash price comparison on a number of school supplies.
With most retail shops dropping the price of school stationery staples drastically this week before the first term starts, items on the shelves at selected shops may change in the coming days.
Major shops visited this week included Pick n Pay Hypermarket at William Moffett Park, Game The Bridge, and Shoprite and Checkers Hyper at Greenacres.
All the shops visited have specials on various school stationery items, including those listed.
Eight generic items have been selected which are listed on most schools’ stationery supply lists issued to parents.
While you can expect to pay more than R200 for the items priced, Shoprite shows a marginally cheaper offering with a basket full of basic stationery adding up to R208.42, while the most pricey of the shops is Game at R255.92.
Below is a breakdown of the selected items and their pricing at the various retailers:
Staedtler HB Tradition pencils (3 pack)
- Pick n Pay – R13,95
- Shoprite – R14,99
- Checkers – R28,99
- Game – R14,99
Pritt glue stick (43g)
- Pick n Pay – R35,95
- Shoprite – R29,99
- Checkers – R42,99
- Game – R38,99
Butterfly A4 pocket file (30 pages)
- Pick n Pay – R20,95
- Shoprite – R32,99
- Checkers – R21,99
- Game – R22,99
Staedtler retractable wax crayons (12 pack)
- Pick n Pay – R32,95
- Shoprite – R33,99
- Checkers – R33,99
- Game – R38,99
A4 Office Paper White (500)
- Pick n Pay – R61,99 (Rototrim)
- Shoprite – R52,99 (Typek)
- Checkers – R52,99 (Typek)
- Game – R64,00 (Typek)
BIC ballpoint pens
- Pick n Pay – R21,95 (3+2 free)
- Shoprite – R13,99 (3 pack)
- Checkers – R15,99 (3 pack)
- Game – R20,98 (4+3 free)
Staedtler colour pencils (12)
- Pick n Pay – R18,95
- Shoprite – R18,99
- Checkers – R18,99
- Game – R41,99
A4 hardcover books (each)
- Pick n Pay – R10,95
- Shoprite – R10,49
- Checkers – R11,99
- Game – R12,99
Bhisho committee members were gobsmacked on a visit to a school in Addo on Tuesday when they found that a shop was selling stationery supplies issued by the Department of Education.
The matter was promptly reported to police and a foreign national was arrested.
However‚ the man was released later due to lack of evidence.
Eastern Cape legislature education portfolio committee chief building inspector Andisiwe Tyoto said the committee had been shocked to learn on Monday that learning and teaching support material (LTSM) delivered to a school in the town was being sold at a third of its value at a spaza shop near the Addo taxi rank.
Tyoto said that while visiting Samkelwe Senior Secondary School as part of an annual oversight visit to inspect school readiness and other issues in the province‚ the committee was informed by a staff member that the pupils’ stationery supply packs were being sold for R69.99.
“We were informed that there was a shop selling these packs with the department’s stamp and emblem on them.
“We informed the police and accompanied them to the shop‚ where the goods were confiscated and [a man] was arrested‚” Tyoto said.
By Tremaine van Aart for The Herald / TimesLive