Education System in Wallis and Futuna Islands


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
TertiaryHigher Education     Each village has a primary school run by the state. Primary education is much desired by parents, but classes are large and attendance is irregular because children, usually girls, are expected to meet home commitments as well as get an education. Higher Education. Higher education is available in New Caledonia, France, and Australia, but graduates have difficulty finding jobs and adjusting to life back home. A two-year post secondary program was established in the islands in 1990.

Primary Education

There are barely 16,000 people living on these tiny Pacific Islands, and education is hardly a sophisticated affair, although it is compulsory for children aged between 6 and 16. The main education medium in village schools is French. Primary school lasts for 5 years.

Secondary Education

There is a general expectation that children attend a lower secondary school for a period of several years, although these can be difficult to commute to, for children living in remoter rural areas. Students aspiring to senior secondary education go to New Caledonia or French Polynesia instead, or even France, where they could study at tertiary levels too.


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