It's the most distressing consequence yet of the recession
Today's harsh economic climate has left thousands of middle-class parents struggling to pay for their children's education
The Mail has unearthed some really heartbreaking stories here. First up is "a writer", Jacqui Deevoy, who's struggling to pay the school fees for her fourth child. Deevoy has written for the Mail about losing her driving licence
Jacqui lives with her son and two daughters, Lola and JoJo, in a six-bedroom house in Chiswick. She owns another property but it's too small to live in. She is herself privately educated. And she inherited some money from her mother. Stop it, my heart is bleeding.
The Mail's second example, the daughters of Katie Krais, is almost as touching. The elder is at private school; the younger is not because, um, she doesn't want to be.
Katie says: 'In previous years we've had family trips to California, Thailand and Canada, but finding money for the school fees means we won't be going on holiday this year.
'And we would like nicer cars. But there's only one pot of money and we have to decide how to prioritise it.'
The third example, whose name has had to be changed because she's so obviously awful, tries to justify sending her snotty little boy to a pre-preparatory
school, ffs, on the basis that he's supremely gifted, both parents were privately educated, and at private schools:
'There aren't so many distractions and the parents and children are like-minded.'
Like-minded, in this context, meaning white and middle-class. Fortunately for this woman, her daddy came up with some money to pay the fees. Phew!