FREE EDUCATION BOOSTS ENROLLMENT IN SOLOMONS


PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i

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FREE EDUCATION BOOSTS ENROLLMENT IN SOLOMONS
90 percent of children now attending school

By Gina Maka’a
HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 10, 2011) – The number of students attending primary schools in the Solomon Islands has increased significantly since 2010.

This was revealed by a high placed source within the Ministry of Education.

The source who wishes to remain anonymous said since last year the number of students enrolled in primary schools had increased compared to previous years.

“About 90 percent of children are attending school and we suspected that it was because of the introduced free education policy,” the source said. “The Ministry of Education is yet to do assessment and monitoring to check whether the free education policy was the reason for the high number of enrolled students.”

The source said every year the Ministry of Education collected data from schools of how many children are attending school and last year was exceptional.

The free basic education was introduced in 2009 for primary school children and students from form one to three.

Solomon Star
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