CLASS 1 to Form 7 will be known as Year 1 to Year 13 come next year.
The move is part of the Education Ministry's efforts to bring about a more systematic approach to Fiji's education system.
Confirming this in an interview, Education Minister Filipe Bole said the new changes would allow for a smooth transition from primary to secondary education.
"Class 1 will now be known as Year 1 from next year, and it goes on up to eight in the primary, and then secondary begins with Year 9 up to Year 13," Mr Bole said.
He said the new system would bring continuity in the education system from Year 1 to Year 13.
"The reason is that it allows for transition from Year Eight to Year Nine (Class 8 to Form 3); and the other reason is that the government has promised it would provide free education to people in primary and secondary schools.
"This way it is much easier to say that education is free from Year 1 to Year 13 or Year 1 to Year 9 rather than saying Class 1 to Class 8," Mr Bole said.
He said changes would also be made to some subjects.
The 2013 Constitution states the compulsory teaching of conversational and contemporary iTaukei and Fiji Hindi languages; that every person in the country has the right to early childhood education, primary and secondary education and further education; and that the State must take responsible measures within its resources to achieve the progressive realisation of the right to free early childhood, primary, secondary and future education and education for persons who are unable to complete their primary and secondary education.