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Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Chicconey Swaby
Venton Edwards
France Chambers
Ladane Gardner

What do you think can be done to make back-to-school expenses less burdensome for parents?

Chicconey Swaby - social worker

"The preparations do not necessarily begin when school opens. While the children are going to school, the parents can buy books and school uniforms and put aside ... so they can shop cheaper before school opens again, and they can also do book drives, exchanging books with friends."

France Chambers - pastor

"The Ministry of Education and other related ministries could partner with businesses to possibly provide tax breaks to parents, to make scholarships available, reduce the costs on textbooks and other back-to-school accessories."

Venton Edwards - student

"At this time of year, shopping would increase, so sellers could put something in place so consumers can buy more and spend less."

Ladane Gardner - receptionist

"Parents should be given book lists that children actually use in class, bearing in mind that most of the money spent on back-to-school is on book lists."