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Rush to top up bus cards

Mere Naleba
Sunday, January 14, 2018

HUNDREDS flocked to all 23 e-Transport card centres to top up their children's cards in preparation for the new academic year which will start tomorrow.

At major centres in the Capital City, Fijians queued up from morning until after late afternoon to top up the blue e-Transport card which is Government subsidised. Others were there to secure the normal student cards for their children.

Elenoa Vosa, 42, of Vuci Rd in Nausori was among the hundreds who braved the scorching sun while lining up in front of tents set up outside MHCC in Suva.

She was there to top up cards for her three children.

"I've been here since morning, my 12-year-old son is admitted in the hospital so I asked one of the ladies at the hospital to look after him while I came down here to top up their cards," Ms Vosa said.

Ms Vosa said three of her four children attended school and she was thankful for the assistance from Government.

"With the help of Government through the free bus fare scheme, the textbook program and many other educational initiatives, I'm able to send my children to school," she said.

A market vendor, she left school when she was 12 years old and this experience has always inspired her to strive to educate her children and provide them with all their school needs.

"I believe education is our way out of our struggles. If my children get a good education and find good jobs, their children won't have to struggle as much as I am right now," she said.

In the Western Division, hundreds of people also lined up for hours to get their children's free e-Transport cards.

Early yesterday morning, a long line had formed in front of the University of South Pacific Lautoka Campus where the Education Ministry officials were stationed.

Parents and their children braved the heat for hours from Wednesday in Lautoka, when the drive began.

Officials had to suspend issuing cards at several intervals because of arguments among the crowd.

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