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Pain at the shop for parents as cost of school uniforms rises

Parents shop at the School Uniforms Limited outlet on Moi Avenue, Nairobi, last Friday to avoid the last-minute rush ahead of schools’ re-opening for the first term in January. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA
Parents shop at the School Uniforms Limited outlet on Moi Avenue, Nairobi, last Friday to avoid the last-minute rush ahead of schools’ re-opening for the first term in January. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA 

School uniform retailers have increased prices by wide margins, setting parents up for a tough start to a year that is also clouded with political turbulence arising from the impending General Election.

Uniform stores in Nairobi’s central business district had by end of last week raised the prices of shorts, ties, sweaters, shirts and socks by between Sh70 and Sh150, citing increased production costs.

A popular store, with branches on River Road and Moi Avenue, had for instance, increased the price of a pair of primary school shorts by 11 per cent to Sh710 from the Sh640 it was charging late last year.

In 2014, the same pair of shorts retailed at Sh565, demonstrating the incremental burden parents face taking their children back to school immediately after the Christmas and New Year festivities.

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