One third of Polish parents drive children to school: survey

One out of every three parents in Poland takes their child to school by car, while 10 percent of pupils use school buses, according to the “A Look Into the Wallet of Poles – The Family in School” report published by Santander Consumer Bank (SCB).

The data also showed that, among the expenses related to a child's education, the costs entailed by pupils’ transport to school were a heavy burden for one out of every ten domestic budgets.

The report showed that nearly 31 percent of parents took their child to school by car, 28 percent said that their children went to school on foot and 16 percent said their children used public transport.

According to the SCB, the study showed that cars were the first solution of choice in smaller towns, where the public transportation network is less developed and the distances to be covered are usually greater than elsewhere. "The main alternative to cars were school buses, which were not always available in every place," the bank reported.

Santander also researched the average amount of time it took for a child's daily trip to school. In the vast majority of cases (81 percent), the time spent on getting to school did not exceed half an hour. In 12 percent of cases, children covered the distance in less than 5 minutes. Eight percent of parents said the trip took between 31 and 40 minutes, while another seven percent declared it took an hour. The report indicated it was worth noting that four percent of children had to spend over an hour a day getting to school.

The survey commissioned by SCB was run on a representative group of 1,000 parents of schoolchildren aged 7-18. It was conducted by telephone, using a standardised interviewing technique, in early July.