Education in Fiji
Primary school education in Fiji is compulsory, and free for eight years. In 1998, the gross primary enrollment ratio was 110.5 percent, and the net primary enrollment rate was 99.4 percent. As of 2001, attendance was decreasing due to security concerns and the burden of school fees, often due to the cost of transport. Following the government coup in May 2000, more than 5,000 students were reported to have left school.
Fijian Education is a combination of multiculturalism and multi-racialism and allows for the guidance and administration of numerous religious organizations. The Ministry of Education in Fiji is taking major steps to subsidize the educational fees and other costs related to it and hence bringing it under the affordability of everyone.
The ministry is concerned about all the aspects of education and it is putting all the efforts to judiciously allocate the educational resources to everybody and especially to the rural areas. Various education policies are formulated and it highlights the primary areas like in-service training, personnel management along with the budgetary features.
The Fiji Education System is taken care of by the government but most of the schools are managed either by the local committees or by a single racial community. One can get admitted to the secondary schools by appearing in the competitive exams and the student has to pay a nominal fee, the balance being subsidized by the government.
Technical education is mostly under the University of the South Pacific. The Pacific and Fiji Island government funds the budget. The learning experience is enhanced much more by broadcasting the lessons through the satellite so that the interior pupils also gain the University benefits. Technical, Agricultural, Medical Education, Teachers training and all the various Fiji education are provided well by the Fijian institutions and universities. A second university, the University of Fiji, has also been established.