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Parents struggle to educate children

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Parents will have to make sacrifices in order to cope with the increase prices of school books and stationeries. “It’s going to be a
01 Jan 2009 12:00

image Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Parents will have to make sacrifices in order to cope with the increase prices of school books and stationeries.
“It’s going to be a huge sacrifice,” said a concerned parent Nileshni Maharaj.
Mrs Maharaj who is from Virai, Naitasiri said it was a difficult time due to the increased prices and school fees while wages remain the same.
She said they have to manage somehow since their priority is to educate their two sons.
“One will be in class one and another will be in kindergarten,” she said.
“The kindergarten admission fees have increased from $20 to $40 for this year and for class one it is $68.
“The cost of living is high, the prices of food items have gone up and school expenses have gone up- it is difficult to cope.”
Ms Maharaj said parents who have four to five children going to school will have to work much harded.
Another parent Ranjana Kumari from Nabukavesi, Navua said her three daughters are now in secondary school so they would use some of their past year’s books in order not to exercise books
“I have seen that the prices of books and stationeries are high and I cannot afford to buy everything for the girls so they have to utilise their old uniforms, bags and some exercise books.”
Interim Minister for Education Filipe Bole said the school managements are warned to utilise the tuition fees and the funds provided by government for the purpose of providing teaching and learning resources.
He said the intention of providing the funds is not to levy parents to provide with the teaching and learning resources and other costs.




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