HOUSEWIFE Radhika Devi of Vatuwaqa, Suva, always had to struggle with her husband when it came to the start of another school year.
With the increased cost of living, the small family had no complaints with the introduction of free education as well as the free bus fare scheme.
Her husband works as a welder and their two children attend a primary school in Suva.
"Every year we have to keep aside $115 for their school fees while around $200 to $300 will be for their school items," Mrs Devi said.
"This year we will focus on the school items alone because the fees are now free.
"It's of great help to us because we got to focus on their books and other accessories which are also expensive."
The family has been living in Vatuwaqa for 10 years and the school year has always been an important time for their family because both children are schooling.
Shahil Kumar and Shinal Devi look forward to another school year and they have already started their studies because their mother believes education would be the only way forward for their family.