The children in Nauru have compulsory
schooling between the ages of 6 and 16. The tuition is
free of charge and almost all children attend school.
Virtually all adult Naurus can read and write.
However, when the economic crisis in Nauru was at its
deepest in the early 2000s, the country's schools hardly
worked at all (see further Modern History and Economic
Overview). The teachers did not always get their
salaries and the quality of the premises and school
materials was poor. The school system has since been
equipped with support from Australia and New Zealand.
Country facts of Nauru, including geography profile, population statistics, and business data.
Teaching is mainly in English. At the upper secondary
level, vocational programs have been introduced in
addition to the more academic orientations.
The University of Fiji has had a branch on the island
since the late 1980s and higher education is being
expanded. Many Naurus continue reading abroad,
especially in Australia.
FACTS - EDUCATION
Proportion of children starting primary
84.2 percent (2016)
Number of pupils per teacher in primary