“…Children living in poverty are taking desperate measures to feed and clothe themselves at Waikato schools as families struggle to provide for their most basic needs.
In one case, a young boy without a winter jersey was told to steal one from the lost property by his mum because she couldn’t afford to buy one – and another principal caught a child scavenging through rubbish bins for food.
Experts warn that, with winter approaching, the problem will only get worse.
Rhode Street School principal Shane Ngatai said he was disturbed to hear a boy at his school had been told to steal a winter jersey, or go without.
“We’re seeing a number of them getting pinched,” he said.
Kids are also coming to school wearing worn out shoes or barefoot, and hungry…”
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