13 Feb 2020

Schools counting the cost of donation scheme

From Morning Report, 8:50 am on 13 February 2020

Schools that are not in the government's donation scheme are worried it is hurting their ability to collect tens of millions of dollars from families.

They say the scheme has raised parents' awareness that payments for field trips and camps are optional, and some are confused about what they can be charged for.

More than 1500 schools have signed up the programme, which pays $150 per child to schools in deciles one through seven that don't ask for donations.

Here's RNZ education correspondent, John Gerritsen.