ABOUT 86 per cent of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha schools in the country have received their first term grants disbursed by the government.
And according to Sabha media relations officer Kamlesh Arya, the first recipients this week were schools in economically-depressed areas.
"With the first and second releases, the Sabha is confident all other remaining schools will receive their first term grants," he said.
As owners of 22 primary and secondary schools in Fiji, Mr Arya said the Sabha was grateful to the Education Ministry for the early release of the grant.
"This has assisted the Sabha in not pursuing overdraft arrangements with its bankers as earlier planned.
"With funds made available, Sabha school managers have been advised to ensure preparatory work for the 2014 school year is undertaken with due diligence to ensure the readiness of the schools to receive their students.
"I urge the parents to ensure their children come well prepared for their education now that the major portion of educational costs is being borne by the government.
"There is, however, a need for those parents who still have outstanding school dues for 2013 to make arrangements to pay as the Sabha, through its various school committees and boards, will be pursuing rigorously outstanding dues which stand at $96,000."