School principals say that half-starving children put food into their pockets and come to school in dirty uniform, as the problem of child poverty is growing like a snowball.
Schoolchildren come to school on Monday in the same uniform they wore all week, and some do not come to school at all because they do not have shoes. And a director of one elementary school recently decided to open a school in heavy snow just to make sure that the children received a hot lunch that day.
A survey conducted by the NEU and the Child Poverty Action Group showed that 3 out of 5 (60%) school staff believe that child poverty has significantly worsened since 2015. And 87% believe that this affects the education of children.