School costs strain half of city parents, says poll

 

More than half of the parents in Bangkok and surrounding provinces are straining to manage the expenses associated with their children's new school term. (Bangkok Post file photo)

 

More than half of the parents in Bangkok and surrounding provinces say they are straining to manage the expenses associated with their children's new school term, according to a poll conducted by Bangkok University.

Over 50% of the 1,149 parents interviewed by the university indicated they are struggling to buy supplies and pay tuition fees for the semester, which begins on Thursday.

Almost 18% of the parents who said they were managing the financial burden also said they were experiencing extremely high levels of financial stress due to the expenses.

Additionally, 38.1% of respondents said the state subsidy does not correspond with the actual expenses of sending a child to school, while 41.1% lamented that learning materials are too expensive.

Parents want the government to do more to help out. Almost 40% said they want to see increases in financial aid, while 15.7% of respondents asked authorities to put a cap on private school tuition fees and help lower the cost of extracurricular activities.

Almost 10% are concerned about overall education standards, and want teachers to pay more attention to students during class time so that parents do not have to pay for tutors

The other half of the respondents said their financial stability close to the new semester has not been affected.

Meanwhile, transport officials are working with city police to ensure smooth traffic along roads near schools.

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said a suite of measures will be rolled out for the start of term, including a 10% boost to the number of operating city buses.

 


Sources : https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1675964/school-costs-strain-half-of-city-parents-says-poll

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