The education framework in Fiji consists of pre-school, primary, secondary and higher education. There is compulsory and free education from primary to completion of secondary level or up to Year 12. Schools from pre-school to secondary are mostly managed by either the government, religion (Catholic, Methodist, Sabha or Muslim) or provinces. Presently there are 52 secondary schools throughout Fiji that operate up to Year 12 of which 49 offer up to Year 13 or equivalent to Foundation Year for university.
From 2009, the Ministry of Education required all school teachers to be registered annually to keep track of the number of registered teachers in Fiji. This rule has now extended to vocational teachers in 2010 who are required to have a diploma or degree in education to take on a teaching profession.
There are also two main private schools – Yat Sen Primary and Secondary School, which caters primarily for the Chinese community, and the International School of Suva and Nadi, which caters primarily for the expatriate population and delivers a curriculum closely aligned with Australia/New Zealand.
Some vocational training is delivered during secondary level (Year 9 – Year 12) to equip students before entering higher education. These courses include carpentry, metalwork, woodwork, home economics and agricultural science.
Higher education is offered at technical institutes and is structured around two-year Diploma programs. There are also the professional degrees, which are four or five year programs relevant to certain disciplines."
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