Education in Fiji - An Overview
Fiji is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, which consists of about 322 islands and 522 islets. The official name of Fiji is Republic of the Fiji Island. Approximately 87% of Fijian people mainly live in the two major islands - Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. It was once a British colony for centuries before becoming an independent nation in 1970.
In terms of the Education System in Fiji, the primary education is not compulsory but it is provided free of cost for eight years. The gross primary rate of student’s enrolment in 1998 was 110.5 per cent, and the net primary enrollment rate was 99.4 per cent.
However, due to security reasons the Education System underwent a decrease in attendance, and increase of the school fee. Furthermore, several schools from pre-school to secondary are administered by government, religion and provinces. Courses in the secondary schools include carpentry, metalwork, woodwork, home economics and agricultural science.