My sister came to me a few days ago asking for a loan of €500 to buy school books for her four kids. She's not broke; she just didn't have it when she needed it (i'll get it back like, ). She has to fork out about a grand every year on everything required for going back to school, books being the highest cost.
The thing is, her four kids all attend the same (public) secondary school and despite the fact that they all wear the same uniform and follow the same curriculum, they never seem to be able to use their elder siblings secondhand school books. Why? Because apparently it is the teacher's choice as to which set of books will be used for each subject each year. Teachers are not obliged to choose the same books as previous years or as other teachers of same subjects are choosing just because it might save parents an absolute fortune on the already limited back to school budget, oh no. Instead teachers are given free reign to decide on whatever books they want to use (provided they follow the curriculum) without any regard to the parents pocket, and I personally think that that's either a farce, or some kind of racket.
I can't think of any reason why this should be allowed, by schools or our government, can you?
If I can be enlightened, then please go ahead.