26% of parents in the region get themselves into debt while preparing to send their children back to school.
The figures come as it was announced that 77% of parents are struggling with the cost, with a third of parents being forced to deny their children certain school items because they can’t afford it.
The average cost of sending a secondary school student back to school is €1,400, while the average is €949 for a primary school student.
A quarter of parents are also being forced to go to moneylenders to fund their child’s return to school.
Paul Bailey who is a spokesperson for the Irish League of Credit Unions gave this advice to concerned parents: