PARENTS have started their shopping sprees for back-to-school items with less than a week to go before the new school term reopens.
Many department stores and shops have also started their mega sale and promotions.
At a hypermarket in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, eager and excited schoolchildren were seen with their parents picking out school uniforms and other items.
Dr Md Fauzi Md Ismail, 38, and his wife Siti Arfah Muhalid were busy choosing the right sized school shirt for their son Fahd, eight.
“Our budget this year is RM300 which includes three to four sets of school uniforms and two pairs of shoes.
“We chose black shoes for him this time and although they are a bit more expensive than the white ones, it will be easier to maintain as I do not have to spend extra time washing them,” said Dr Md Fauzi.
Fahd, who is autistic, is a Special Needs Integration Programme (PPKI) pupil at SK Putrajaya Presint 8 (1).
Other parents like Mohd Hanif Sulaiman, 36, and wife Nor Baidiah Nordin, 33, were also shopping for school uniforms for their three children.
“Our budget is RM200 for each child for two sets of uniforms, shoes and stationery.
“We are also going for black shoes.
“The price of each item is more expensive this year too, especially the black shoes,” said Nor Baidiah.
Mohd Hanif feels most of the shops are taking advantage over the transition from white to black shoes next year.
The couples’ child, Mohd Iman As-Solehin who will start Year Three next year, is happy that he will not have to sit for examinations next year.
At the Professor Uniforms store, mother Caryn Chong Fooi Ling, 48, set aside RM200 for school uniforms for her daughter, Averil Lim Ka Wai, who will start Form Three next year.
Lim will sport black and white shoes alternately next year.
“The black shoes are more expensive than the white ones,” Chong said.