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Dealing with budget constraints as schools open

GOING back to school comes with a lot of negatives: huge sums in fees, groceries, new uniforms, a number of requirements that need to be met and how can all these be dealt with?

BY VANESSA GONYE

Bradley High School students getting ready to board the school bus for the second term at the National Museums and Monuments pick-up point

Several points can be noted as to how to overcome the negative emotions as children go back to school, the current cash crisis being a major sore point.

The liquidity crisis means it may take longer than necessary to raise enough funding for school fees.

To deal with a budget crisis when the school requires full payment of fees upon opening, it is wise to arrange advance payments during the course of the term in preparation for the following term. This gives parents enough time to raise the fees and also ensures a hassle free new term because by the time the new term begins, the child will be nearly or fully paid up.

Also, part-payments will ease the strains associated with paying school fees as it is a better way of enabling a pressure-free opening day with regards to school fees.

For those with children in boarding schools, a lot is definitely needed and given the prevailing cash crisis, it hard to get all the requirements therefore, it is advisable to buy bits and pieces, during holidays so that when schools open everything will be in place.

The best solution, however, to deal with cash problems is to transfer the child to a cheaper and affordable school so as to make sure that upon opening there will be no problems and your child will not be in arrears.

The cash crisis is indeed bringing a lot of problems, but there are also many ways to deal with those problems to make sure your child goes to school without pressure and strain as far as school fees, uniforms and groceries are concerned.

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