Want to find out about the education in Fiji? Find out here with this brief overview, which also includes information about international schools.
There are over 700 primary and 150 secondary schools in Fiji, spread across both the public and private sectors. Schooling isn't compulsory in Fiji but almost all children complete primary school largely thanks to heavy subsidising by the Fiji government. However, often this isn't adequate leading to the quality of government schools being not as good as private schools.
Also, public schools are in theory mixed race, but in practice, not often the case due to socio-economic issues and the geographic distribution of ethnic groups.
Often Fijian children don't have the means to continue schooling
Often in villages, the teachers will be few, serving many students with various educational levels. Due to distance and cost, some children drop out of school and some 20% go without education altogether. It's not uncommon to find one teacher serving up to 50 kids. During a village trip, my folks encountered children having to swim across the river to attend school, needing to put their books and clothes in a bucket.
With many schools run by religious entities, you will find Indo-Fijian children more likely to attend Hindu or Muslim schools, while the indigenous children leaning towards Christian schools.
International School Suva
International School Nadi
P.O. Box 9686,
Tel: +679 670 2960
Suva is not only the hub of educational in Fiji, but also that of the Pacific.
University of the South Pacific, Suva Campus
University of the South Pacific (USP) - It was establish in 1968 and has a dozen or so campuses throughout the Pacific with the main campus in Suva. USP's academic programmes are recognised worldwide, attracting students and staff from throughout the Pacific Region and internationally. USP is owned by the governments of 12 Pacific Island countries: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.