What School Costs a Family in Mexico City
Brenda Valdez - Milenio
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August 26, 2013

Last week, Laura watched as her week’s disposable income dropped once again. School has started, and with it comes the 24 pesos [USD$2.00] it costs to send her son Carlos to middle school each day. This expense comes to roughly 480 pesos [USD$40] a month.

Another expense is the enrollment fee, which was 250 pesos [$19.25] this year for Carlos’ school. Although it is voluntary, Laura – a housewife who prefers not to give her surname – pays it because she considers it necessary for her son to make it in the academic world.

School expenses come out of the 8 thousand pesos [USD$616] a month that her husband earns working in a market stall, where he sells glasses and hair accessories.

For some parents the return to school presents a worrying problem - they not only have to succeed in getting their children to the classroom on time, but also worry about their income dwindling because of the cost of supplies and transportation.

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Translated by Roxy Thompson

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