Spending less on school essentials


Parents buying new school clothes for their children before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the nation early this year. — Filepic

JOHOR BARU: With school being closed for most of this year, parents are planning to cut down spending on their children’s schooling items and only focus on the essentials.

Management assistant Nurul Aisha Mohd Yusoff, 33, said that she would only be buying new school uniforms and shoes for her seven-year-old as the rest of her school items were still new.

“I still have to buy new school uniforms and shoes as the ones she has right now do not fit her any more.

“However, for other items, such as school bags, I will not be buying a new one as her current bag was hardly used this year because of the school closure, ” she said.

She added that she would only be buying two sets of school uniforms for her daughter for now as she was unsure if schools would remain open for a long period next year.

“Schools may still be closed next year and I think it is safer for me to only buy two sets for now.

“It will be a waste for me to buy extra sets, only to have it sitting idle if schools remain closed, ” said Nurul Aisha, noting that the clothes might not fit her daughter after a few months.

Mother-of-two Celine Tan, 32, echoed the sentiment, saying that she would presently only be buying school uniforms for her children while other items would only be bought a few months after school started.

“Normally, parents will start buying new school stuff for their children at the end or beginning of the year, but I believe most parents will also be putting the plan on hold for the upcoming year.

“I only need to buy new clothes for my children as they have gained some weight during the movement control order and can no longer fit into their uniform, ” she said.

Tan said that she also welcomed Education Ministry’s decision to allow parents to choose whether to have their children wear black or white shoes for school next year.

“It allows parents to have more options to choose from when shopping for their children’s school needs.

“For now, I have decided to stick to the black shoes for my children as the pairs that they have are still new and fit them, ” she said.

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