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By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

B.C. parents are spending way above the Canadian average for school costs. (QMI AGENCY)

B.C. parents are spending way above the Canadian average for school costs. (QMI AGENCY)

B.C. parents are paying about $800 more per year than the average Canadian on costs associated with education, according to the NRG Research Group.

 

This would cover costs such as transportation, activities, clothes, school supplies, lunch money and more.

According to NRG, the average B.C. parent spends $2,483.10 on youth 24 years old and younger related to schooling. The national average, meanwhile, is $1,676.30.

Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council chairwoman Melanie Antweiler said on Thursday that housing costs likely played a factor in why B.C. parents pay so much.

But she said there’s also a concerning trend of parents paying more each year for supplies that they feel schools should take care of.

“One year, we had to provide markers ... I know a mom, her child is in high school — they were having trouble finding textbooks so she actually had to buy it online.

“The ones in the school were out of date, they were obsolete and in poor condition.”

Parents are sometimes even paying for things like stickers in the classroom, or prizes for young children.

“I’d rather bring them in and help to share than the teacher taking it out of her personal household budget ... gold star stickers, a smelly eraser or something.”

That, and the congestion in Vancouver.

“This year, I’m looking at driving my kids to and from school every day. We did have a school bus the last three years and we paid $25 per month for it,” Antweiler added.

 

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