DESPITE the free education initiative implemented by government this year, shopping for school goods will still be a weight on the pocket for mother-of-six Philomena Acraman.
Mrs Acraman, who will put three children through school this year, said although the initiative provides a great opportunity for students around the country, there were still a number of goods to purchase.
"Although stationery and books are very reasonably priced this year, it's things like sandals and uniforms which are very expensive," Mrs Acraman said in an interview yesterday.
"Honestly buying a pair of sandals costs at least $39 these days and with three children in school this year, I can imagine that's not going to be easy. Last year, two of my six children were in school and this year, three of them are, so I'm definitely expecting to spend a lot more this year."
She said last year she spent over $100 on each child and that this year, she would be spending around $400 on all three children.
"And this is just the beginning of the year, because I've noticed that it's not only at the beginning of the year that they need stationery, throughout the year also they are asking for more things."