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Uniforms a concern

Samuel Berenyi
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

THE cost of school uniforms continue to be financial strain on some Fijian parents buying school supplies for their children.

Despite the government implementing a new budgetary allocation to help cover the costs of tuition fees, some parents say they are still feeling the pinch of expensive school uniforms.

Tailevu dad Joeli Seruiratu, who was shopping in Suva yesterday, said he spent about $80 on his son's school uniforms of two sulu and two shirts.

According to Mr Seruiratu, "the price of uniforms is going up".

Jonetani Nasilasila, a father of three children in primary school and three in secondary school, agreed uniform prices could be a real financial burden this time of the year.

"Some of the prices are expensive, especially uniforms," he said.

"Ready-made is more expensive."

Mr Nasilasila said with a daughter and son in a private school, tuition fees continue to be a financial burden, as well as other expenses such as uniforms.

He said a hand-made uniform option would be much more financially viable for his family.

Chetan Kumar, the executive director at a uniform shop in Suva, said in comparison to last year, prices were the same.

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