Date
23 November 2017
The DAB suggests the government allow parents to claim income tax allowance for expenditure on textbooks. Photo: HKEJ
The DAB suggests the government allow parents to claim income tax allowance for expenditure on textbooks. Photo: HKEJ

Parents face burden of increased spending on textbooks

More Hong Kong parents are burdened with the rising costs of school textbooks.

A survey shows 38 percent of parents with children in middle schools spent more than HK$3,000 (US$387.06) on textbooks this year compared with 22.5 percent in 2008, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

More than 6 percent of them spent more than HK$4,000.

In elementary schools, 21.7 of parents spent more than HK$3,000 for their children’s textbooks while 27.3 percent spent between HK$2,000 and HK$3,000.

The survey, conducted by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) between July 21 and August 1, randomly interviewed 352 parents.  

At kindergarten level, more than half of parents spent between HK$1,000 and HK$2,000 on textbooks while 18 percent spent over HK$2,000.

The numbers are just for textbooks only. Most parents paid an additional HK$1,000 for uniforms, shoes, bags and stationery for their children.

The DAB suggests the government allow parents to claim income tax allowance for expenditure on textbooks and fees such as school bus fares. An allowance of up to HK$10,000 for each child is proposed.

In addition, the school textbook assistance scheme administered by the Student Financial Assistance Agency should be expanded to include children in kindergartens, the group said.

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