Fiji: The Ministry of Education, Heritage & Arts is pleased to invite applications for Transport Assistance for Students for the 2023 Academic Year. All students in Years 1-13 whose parents’/guardians’ combined household income is $16,000 or less are eligible to apply for transport assistance.
The Ministry will be piloting an optional online transport assistance application process for students in Years 10-13 for the 2023 Academic Year, where parents/guardians can register and apply for transport assistance using a new online Parent/Guardian portal.
This is in line with the Ministry’s modernisation strategy, which includes the increasing use of online platforms. The online Parent/Guardian portal will offer a more streamlined application process for families and schools and provide improved communication to parents/guardians on the status of their children’s transport applications.
The online Parent/Guardian portal can be found at studentparentsportal.edu.gov.fj. Instructions for applying online can be found on the portal, together with the information on the documents that are required to be uploaded with the application.
It is recognised that some families with students in Years 10-13 will not have internet access and/or email addresses to register and apply online. Therefore, it will still be possible for these families to submit a paper application for transport assistance.
Parents/Guardians for students in Years 1-9 for the 2023 Academic Year are required to only submit paper applications for transport assistance to schools. The online transport application process will be offered to students in Years 1-9 at a later stage.
Parents/Guardians must ensure that they submit an online application or paper Transport Application to their child’s school with all the required supporting documentation by 9 December 2022. More details on the application process for the 2023 application process can be obtained from your child’s school.
The Government is providing $33m FJD in transport assistance to students for the 2022/2023 Financial Year. The free transport initiative is an attempt by the Fijian Government to reduce the financial burden on parents who are unable to afford the transportation costs involved in sending their children to school.
This will ensure equal access to quality education for all Fijian students from Primary, Secondary and Vocational Schools.