School Costs Rising as Private Companies Take Advantage

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Yesterday there was a news article (“My 12-year-old son’s bag weighs 1.8 stone’: How to tackle heavy school bags” – see HERE) about about how children are having to carry even heavier school bags on their young backs. 
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Some schools are trying their best to help with this situation. One solution is the use of school lockers. Another solution is the introduction of E-book readers. One lightweight item that could contain many books. A fine example of today’s technology overcoming an issue.
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UnitedPeople welcome the use of these eBooks as an aid to taking weight off children’s backs. We are glad to see that schools are offer this ability. With the intention to support this additional possible solution direction, to a growing problem, its important to raise awareness to additional aspect of this solution.
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Parents now, are not only faced with having to pay in total from €100 to €230+ for first year secondary level school books, they now face a whopping bill of €700+ for an electronic item that quite frankly, many people could struggle to pay for.
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As  recent article has exposed (see HERE), “One in five Irish families in persistent debt just to cover essential bills“. The standard state assistance that’s yearly offered to parents as a contribution to paying for school costs, very welcome as it is, now faces becoming a fast inadequacy in light of these eBooks.
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Some companies could be making life even harder for struggling parents as they dictate to the schools and parents that they refuse to accept another less costly alternative for use in a school. UnitedPeople has seen letters go out already to parents telling them that a private company is not willing to accept eBooks possible cheaper sourced, from an alternative direction.
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It is obvious that a private business, in order to protect itself and its profits, might try to stop others from buying elsewhere – and this is what’s apparently happening within a growing number of schools as they attempt to dictate to school management and parents – however, the top priority MUST be toward the welfare of a family and their ability to survive in a tough economic circumstance.
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Parents ability to enhance their children’s education must not be reduced by they being dictated to by private enterprise, for the sake of private profit through parental exploitation.
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UnitedPeople will fully back any education establishment that wishes to introduce the use of eBooks as an additional teaching aid and a back breaking solution.
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We ask those same schools to stand up to the dictating, restricting companies, by insisting that parents have the primary right to source an appropriate eBook at the lowest cost possible – regardless of where they decide to buy it! Parental rights MUST NOT be restricted. Ordinary citizen rights to buying items must not be restricted.
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No one private company should be allowed to deny people their rights and enforce an unjust monopoly. In this case, using children for their own greater personal profit.
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The state cannot sit back and allow it to happen. If it does, those elected allowing it, should be removed from office. Due to their inability to protect their own citizens, they must be replaced by those that are actually willing to do so!
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As for the state assistance that is still provided, with the further introduction of these large cost items are going to further push some parents in to single large debt, the state, if it cannot afford to provide additional financial help – must greater ensure at least that parents have the legal right to source as cheap as possible, a working alternative.

Parents, children and citizens MUST come first before financial exploitation from dictating private companies – ones enforcing a monopoly upon already stressed parents!