because they can't afford stationery – teachers
Families across New Zealand are struggling to afford basic back-to-school items for their children, leading many to delay starting education, teachers say.
Leisha Byrnes, the principal of Lincoln Heights School in West Auckland, has seen the need for support in her community skyrocket over the past year.
“The cost of petrol, the cost of basic food. Milk, bread, eggs – that's really hit our families,” she said.
With less money to purchase necessary items such as stationery and uniforms, Byrnes said children often opted to stay home from school.
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