Schools saddle parents with expensive bills for tablets

digital tabletMore and more secondary schools are requiring parents to buy expensive tablets for their children even though this is against the rules, the AD said on Tuesday.

Schools are allowed to ask parents to contribute financially to help pay for extras but this is voluntary, the paper said. And if tablets are required to follow lessons, the schools themselves should pay for the equipment, according to government regulations.

‘Many parents don’t know the rules and pay up,’ Mark Weghorst, of lobby group Ouders & Onderwijs said. ‘They don’t know that they don’t have to pay at all.’

Parliament will debate school costs next week.