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Back to school setting parents back financially

Western Cape schools reopen this week and parents are forking out a small fortune for supplies.

FILE. Western Cape schools reopen this week and parents are forking out a small fortune for supplies. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - Schools in the Western Cape reopen this week and many parents have had to fork out a small fortune to gear up their children.

The 2015 academic year officially begins this Wednesday and more than a million pupils are expected to return to classroom.

A Lotus River single mom of four says buying back to school supplies for her children is never cheap.

"My daughter is going to grade 6. It's cost me about R2,500 including books, school shoes and a new school uniform."

She says in order to cope financially, she saves throughout the year so that all her children will have what they need for the new school year in January.

Another mom says she tries not to break the bank with buying school uniforms and stationary.

"The uniforms cost us more than R1,000. It costs a lot because you must still buy the sports clothing as well."

Retailers say business is booming, as usual, with back to school purchasing.

LATE ENROLLMENT

Meanwhile, the provincial Education Department says provision has been made to help deal with the late enrollment of pupils.

MEC Debbie Schafer says officials have been assigned to specifically deal with this issue.

"We do have officials who are working full time with school and parents to place late comers. We also have additional mobile classrooms that have been placed on hold to accommodate any unexpected case."