The cost of school supplies is up 11.3% in 2023

2023-08-16 12:45:59

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Inflation leads to an 11.3% increase in the cost of school supplies at the start of the school year, compared to the previous year, according to a survey carried out by the Trade Union Confederation of Families (CSF), published on Wednesday. Clothing and sports equipment are the most affected expenditure items.

Inflation leads to an 11.3% increase in the cost of school supplies at the start of the school year, compared to the previous year, according to a survey carried out by the Trade Union Confederation of Families (CSF), published on Wednesday. “We are seeing a heavy impact of inflation,” said Johan Jousseaume, confederal secretary in charge of education at the CSF, during a press conference.

According to the survey carried out on 109 CSF member households, the average cost of a complete list of supplies at the start of the 2023 school year for a pupil in primary school amounts to 233 euros against 190 euros in 2022 (+ 23%), 371 euros for a college student (+3.5%) and 427 euros for a high school student (+3.1%).

25% increase for stationery

Clothing and sports equipment represent the most affected expenditure items with an increase of 12%, while the cost of stationery increased by 25%, according to the CSF report. To compensate for this increase families often choose to reuse school supplies from previous years.

“36% of school supplies in elementary courses are reused”, points out Annie Giroud, in charge of the education sector at the CSF. The amounts of the ARS (Back to school allowance) which have been increased by 5.6% compared to last year, would not be sufficient according to the CSF to cover the costs related to schooling throughout the school year. “Families will have to spend between 900 euros and 1,700 euros on average for the schooling of a child”, points out the report.

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