By CLARISSA MOI
TWO weeks before students resume classes for the 2021 academic year, parents and students are already busy shopping for school stationery and uniforms.
One-stop stationery supply shop Theodist currently has back-to-school specials with a 35 per cent discount on shoes while other items also have various discounts.
The shop is busy serving parents and children shopping for stationeries and it expects more shoppers in the next two weeks.
Paul Kasambi, who brought his three grandsons to shop at the Theodist along Waigani Drive, said shopping there was convenient as it had all the stationery students they needed, including those attending university.
His grandsons came over from Madang for the holidays and he took them there to buy their books.
“The education syllabus these days are advanced and a bit hard,” Kasambi said.
“So I am encouraging my grandsons to read a lot of books to broaden their knowledge so they can understand what is taught in class.
“Children must listen to their parents and study hard in school.
“We are seeing kids, even in primary school, engaging in illegal activities such as cargo cult, drugs and alcohol consumption.
“Parents are wasting money on school fees. Students must concentrate on their education as the cost of living these days is very high.”
Another parent shopping at Theodist said 2021 looked more promising despite the challenges of the Covid-19 that affected parents and children last year.
Meanwhile, Jack Oga, who was purchasing stationery for his clan living near the Sirinumu dam in Sogeri, said he always shopped at Theodist for stationery because it had almost everything needed and at affordable prices.
He also noted that school fees were higher compared to previous years which meant parents should work extra hard to cater for their children’s needs.