Back to school is getting closerwhich is why parents find themselves doing all the errands to be able to acquire the list of school supplies and uniforms required by children and adolescents to attend educational facilities.
Recently, the Ministry of Education, reported the schedule for the new school year 2022-2023, which will begin the first week of October in person, but What is the cost of returning to the classroom?
To know the price of school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, colors, bags, shoes, pants, shirts, among others, Analítica.com toured some school fairs and stores in Caracas.
In the most popular areas of the capital, such as the center, Sábana Grande and Chacaítoyou can get several places and school fairs, where there is a wide variety of prices for supplies and uniforms, which vary according to quality, color and size.
Both at fairs and in stores the prices of most school supplies are expressed in dollars or to the exchange rate in bolivars according to the rate of the day of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV).
Compared to last year many of the prices remained the same. As for notebooks and notebooks, the prices vary very little, in the case of small single-line notebook is $1, double-line $1.30; while large single-line, double-line, and grid notebooks are priced at $1.50.
The Colorboxwhich can change the price a little according to the brand and quality, you can get from $3 to $5 for 12 units, and for 24 units it costs $9 and $10. Whereas, the box of pencils ranges from 2 to 3.5 dollars.
In the fairs they also offer some combos to facilitate the purchase of some products, among them we find: «combo notebooks«, which costs 12 notebooks for $10.
«Preschool Combo» that comes with 1 pencil sharpener, 1 drawing book, 1 tissue paper, 1 crepe paper, 1 eraser, 100 white sheets, 1 cellophane paper, 1 small glue, 1 box of crayons, 1 box of pencils, 1 tempera, 1 cardboard and 1 sheet of bond paper, for $14.
And the “high school combo«, which has a value of $23 and comes with 10 notebooks, 1 box of colors, 1 geometry games, 1 box of pencils, 1 sharpener, 1 eraser, 1 scraper of sheets, 2 pens, 1 tipex and 1 highlighter.
As for uniforms, school jumpsuits range from 7 to 12 dollarspants from 12 to 20 dollars, shoes from 20 to 35 dollars, while white, blue and beige shirts start at 12 dollars.
Prices of other items:
Drawing pad 3 dollars.
Six-subject notebooks $5.
Reams of letter-size blank sheets $7; legal size $9.
Whiteboard marker 7bs.
Small bar paste 7bs; median 12bs; large 23 bs.
Pencil sharpener with deposit from 1.5 to 2 dollars.
$2-$3 geometry game.
Delete 6 bs.
Large white glue $2.5.
Compass 1 dollar.
Cartridge bags from 1 to 3 dollars.
Scissors from 6 to 16 bs.
Backpack from 12 to 40 dollars.
Which means that, according to these prices, a Venezuelan father, with a minimum monthly income of 175 Bs, equivalent to $21.50, requires approximately $200 to be able to acquire the complete list of supplies and uniforms so that your client attends the educational establishment.
How much is the registration and monthly fee of a private school?
In the case of those representatives who have the possibilities or prefer to take their children to private institutions for their education, they must make an additional effort to cancel the registration and monthly payment of the school of their choice.
In this sense, At Analítica.com we consulted several parents -in different areas of Caracas- to find out an approximate cost of private schoolsfinding us with different amounts according to the sector.
We start the tour of the Parish Carwhere we met a mother of two girls, 8 and 6 years old, who this school year will attend 2nd grade of primary school and 3rd level of preschool.
The mother, who preferred not to be identified, commented that this year she paid $65 for enrollment in primary school, while in preschool the amount was $145., the latter covers the cost of school supplies. The young woman explained that the monthly payment in each institution was 25 dollarssomething that considered “a reasonable price” and that “can still be paid.
Then we visit the Caricuao Parish, where we speak with the mother of a 10-year-old boy, who will be in the 5th grade of primary school. In this case, the young woman indicated that she has not yet been able to register hers as her representative because “Just a week before classes start, the school still hasn’t given the enrollment schedule or the amount to be paid.”
He confessed that «It is the first time that the institution is so late in the registration process” and that it is a situation that worries him, since «this could mean another exaggerated increase». However, he expects that the increase will not be so high, given that, «last year they did one of more than 100%, I was paying a monthly payment of 12$ and it went up to 33$».
Later, we went to catiain the Sucre parish, where we talked with the father of a 14-year-old boy who will be in his 3rd year of high school.
The man commented that the school increased the monthly payment and that the increase was more than 50%. «Last year I canceled 30 dollars, this year I have to pay 70 dollars monthly», said. In addition, she confessed that it is the best school in the sector and therefore she prefers to make the sacrifice so that her son attends a good high school.
Then we went further east of Caracas, to the mercedesthere we spoke with the mother of a 13-year-old boy, who will start his high school stage.
The representative explained that this new school period the registration of the institution that her son attends came out in «320 dollars and the monthly payment was 100 dollars». In addition, he indicated that they also gave him an increase in the monthly payment, since last year he started school paying «65 dollars a month and at the end of the classes I paid 75 dollars».
We finish the tour in the Chacao municipality, specifically to Altamirathere we talked with the father of an 8-year-old girl, who will be in the 2nd grade of primary school, and we were able to verify that the prices of private schools in this sector are higher.
This representative told us that last year he paid a monthly payment of 155 dollars, while with the adjustment of this new school year the school was left at 270 dollars, he explained that “if the payment is made within the first 10 days of the month the school gives a discount of $20 and you end up canceling $250». Regarding the registration amount, he canceled 810 dollars.
According to these consulted prices, a Venezuelan father or representative, who earns 175 Bs per month, requires approximately three to forty minimum wages to be able to pay the registration of a private school, depending on the area you are in.