Voluntary = Compulsory

In the brave new world of education, a “voluntary” contribution to the cost of a child’s education is actually compulsory.
It read like a letter from a debt-collector. “Our accounts indicate you have not made a contribution,” it stated. “Our records indicate you have not contacted us.” In fact, it was a letter from a state primary school. And it was asking for “voluntary” contributions of £40 from parents to its annual fund.

“I recognise that you may feel unable to pay the full amount,” the chair of governors went on. “We always invite parents to write to us to explain their circumstances and propose an alternative.”

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2 Responses to “Voluntary = Compulsory”

  1. With tactics like that, the monies received by the school shouldn't really be classed as contributions for tax etc. though I doubt anyone minds that aspect.

  2. This happened with all my three at primary school – there was pressure on the kids not to be the ones who didn't stump up. It was treated like a necessary price for having gained entry to an over-subscribed school.

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