Kids charged £1.80 to bring their own lunch to school
Have you ever been charged for sending your kids to school with a packed lunch? Some schools in England are said to be charging parents up to £1.80 so their children can eat their own packed lunches as opposed to paying for a school meal. The fees, which were uncovered by the teacher’s union NASUWT, are being used by schools because of squeezed budgets. The money helps schools to cover the costs of supervision at lunchtime and cleaning up afterwards.
The NASUWT have said that they are “appalled” by the fees and added that parents should be as disappointed as they are. As budgets for schools are cut many more schools are expected to adopt the fee, but a spokesman for the Department of Education said that it was “absolutely unacceptable” for schools to charge children for bringing in their own lunches. The fee makes packed lunches seem as though they are an optional extra for children when lunch should be considered a necessity in all schools.
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