As Malta finds itself in back-to-school season, a Maltese mother has spoken out about the high costs of obtaining supplies to send her children to schools… with the costs of sending two of her boys to a church school exceeding €1,400, as well as her monthly paycheck.
“It’s so much pressure,” the mother told Lovin Malta. “I’m starting to wonder if a uniform is worth having.”
She broke down the costs associated with sending children to school, which can be split into three distinct categories: uniform/clothes, books, and stationery.
To send her two boys to a church school, the mother spent €843.04 on the uniform… and that doesn’t include shoes.
She spent another €495 on books for the two, and while she hasn’t bought the stationery yet, she is estimating around €150 for each child.
The mother lamented that, as a specialist, she didn’t have an entry-level job, yet her monthly salary still barely covered the costs associated with going back to school. She also noted that prices vary widely between government, church and private schools.