By Freddy Omar Duran
Although school lists continue to be a benchmark, and the economic crisis forces educational institutions to be more flexible in this regard, parents know that good educational performance depends on their children having the necessary tools and in a decent and neat condition.
With the Internet on the other hand, books have been dispensed with, however, this offers the disadvantage of not systematizing knowledge and in many cases offering confusing and unofficial information. On the other hand, not all families have an internet service or at least an efficient one, so having the school textbook at hand is the best solution.
This has not made school textbooks depreciate at all, on the contrary, some stationers reported considerable increases.
-We, the publishers of school texts, try to offer them the consignment service, because they arrived with high prices and we cannot get much profit margin. From a well-known publishing house, (of the two that distribute in the country), a volume of its educational collection is offered at 80 thousand pesos, new. That’s why some opt for second-hand books, and others simply don’t buy them—said the manager of a stationery store.
Another seller of the branch added that “prices have fluctuated by 15 percent in foreign currency due to the most recent rise in the dollar; we practically expected to maintain last year’s prices.”
An increase in school supplies can be from 100 pesos to a thousand pesos, depending on the item.
For example, a pencil is around 1,200 pesos, and for that minimum value pens, erasers, and pencil sharpeners are kept, although these come in various presentations, of course more expensive.
The smallest packages of plasticine and silicone fluctuate the dollar, while in a dollar you get an acceptable scissors, equivalent value for rulers, squares and compasses; as well as 100 white sheets are offered at a dollar and a half.
With colors and notebooks, quantity, brand, style and quality expand the price range. A box with approximately 12 colors would cost 5,000 pesos, and from there upwards what the pocket can afford.
You can get the most popular 50-page notebook for up to 1,300 pesos, but a very fashionable multi-material, hard cover, can perfectly reach 25,000 pesos, or more, that is, a little more than 6 dollars.
Variety of backpacks
Of course, all of this needs to be transported in a bag, and here the differences are considerable, since the price can start at 5 dollars, the simplest regionally made bag, or exceed 25 dollars. If you add a cartridge, the cheapest possible would be a dollar.
Wendy Cárdenas, for her daughter who is starting elementary school, already covered that expense, and walked quite a bit with her in search of the return on money, and in conclusion she stated that only those who earn income in foreign currency can afford it, as a salary. minimum, -a little under 70 thousand pesos- to satisfy the requirements of a single student, hardly reaches a list of useful cigars.
-I already bought his calligraphy notebooks, squared, one line, a simple reading book, white sheets, and the rest: everything came out for 50 thousand pesos more or less. Those of us who work informally and can earn a little more, from the minimum and in foreign currency, does not seem so heavy to us; but in relation to the minimum salary, this expense is too expensive—he affirmed.
He who can buys the best school shoe
The issue of school shoes for many parents represents a dilemma in that it is a balance in which quality and price must be balanced.
In the past, repeat buyers favored two well-known national brands; but today for more than one inaccessible pocket.
The option is in local production, and for many vendors, the time has come to get rid of the fact that this may be bad: it is all a matter of analyzing the quality of the product very well, and that the boy or girl feels really comfortable with the shoe
–Venezuelans are used to brands and that is good, but aspiring to one of those brands that parents liked so much before, because they guaranteed them up to a couple of years of use, is not so affordable. Shoes for those brands are between 30 and 35 dollars; but if you show them one of good leather, made here, then they don’t like it—said the owner of a shoe store in the center of San Cristóbal.
The base price of a pair of school or sports shoes is 50,000 pesos, that is, a parent purchasing both models would part with 100,000 pesos; however, parents consider that a reliable product starts at 70 thousand pesos.
Freddy Salas did not wait for the last minute, and he feels relieved that his income allows him to guarantee his children good shoes; a purchase he completed this weekend.
He knows that family income makes the difference between purchasing footwear or not, and also that cheap is expensive, since the idea is that it accompany the student’s hectic day, regardless of the year, and not that after three months or less they leave traffic.
I have always made sure that my children have their uniforms and their shoes. That depends on the job each parent has. Those of us who work and earn well can buy them. Some are enough and others are not,” Salas asserted.
Without the financial help of her husband from abroad, Mayra Guerra would not even know how she would have bought shoes for her two children. However, for this year she opted only for sports boots, and these will also have to serve as school shoes.
-I have three children, but one is already of legal age, and the others are in sixth grade and fourth grade. I only bought the uniforms because I haven’t looked at them yet. If my husband were working here it would be impossible. Boots were purchased for daily use; they were pleased to buy the “Jordans” they wanted because they did well in school, and these months they have behaved well,” said Guerra. (FOD)