Back to school woes

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Editor;

Re: An improvement, but not enough (PM Mailbag Friday, 24 May 2013) – Last week my son went back to school. As he had gone up a grade he had to have a new outfit of trousers, shirt, sox and a hat. This outfit is only worn on Wednesdays. Each day of the week a new set is required. Why pupils have to have 5 sets of clothing is beyond me. What’s wrong with the same laundered uniform on 4 days and a sports uniform on Fridays? My kids wouldn’t believe me when I told them I didn’t have a pair of shoes until I was 12 years old. Having 2 elder brothers I dressed in hand me downs all my childhood. Even my first long pants had the knees darned from them kneeling in church.

Sean Murphy