Swansea Valley school's £5 panto ticket is 'emotional blackmail' - dad
A SWANSEA Valley school has been accused of emotional blackmail — after shocking some parents with the price of admission to its Christmas concert.
Rhos Primary School, situated above Pontardawe, has angered some parents by charging £5 for tickets for the festive performance.
One parent, Dean Williams, went as far as calling it "emotional blackmail" as families would always want to see their children perform.
Mr Williams said: "In these times of austerity and uncertainty you would think that institutions, such as your local school, would not try to profit from the guilt of parents by charging £5 per ticket for the upcoming Christmas Concert. I believe this to be way too much for a token gesture to school funds."
Mr Williams said he had taken his concerns to the head teacher, Ceri Cole, adding: "She said that the parents have a choice of whether they want to go or not. We do not in reality have a choice, it is emotional blackmail as any child in a performance wants to see their parents in the audience, be it as a form of warmth, caring or reassurance for them."
The school did not take up the invitation to talk to the Evening Post directly.
However, school governor and Neath Port Talbot councillor Alex Thomas said: "I completely understand the concerns, we are in difficult times, but the money does go back into the school for the children's festive activities.
"The head assures me that if there are any parents struggling to afford the tickets then they should get in touch with the school, especially if they are on free school meals."
Mr Thomas also said there was a demand for tickets and other schools charged similar prices.