The schools that have solved these issues are being closed down by the government

Back to school costs can be steep. Pictured is the Wilton family (from left) Adam 12, Kirsten, and Isabella, 13. Photo/Andrew Warner

Getting your kids ready to go back to school is an expensive time of year for families and the NZ Herald has published an article focussing on a Bay of Plenty school that is trying to reduce these costs.

The start of a new school year is an expensive time, so some Bay of Plenty schools are keeping it cheap so parents feel less of a bite financially.

Mount Maunganui Intermediate is one of the schools being savvy in order to help families pay for school essentials.[…]

The school also runs a uniform donation programme. Parents can donate second hand uniforms at the end of the year and these are then laundered by the parent support group.[…]

Of course, the schools that have removed completely all of these costs to parents by using their bulk funding to provide uniforms, stationery and all in school IT and who charge no donations, keep class sizes low and pay staff more are totally ignored. Perhaps this is because the NZ Herald see them as dead men walking as Education Minister Chris Hipkins has already put them on his hit list for elimination.

Hitman: Education Minister Chris Hipkins plans to eliminate Partnership schools
Credit: Luke

All Partnership schools will be closed under the Labour-led coalition government.