Education and Schools in Fiji
Fiji has over 700 primary schools and 150 secondary schools spread across both the public and private sectors.
The standard of public schools in Fiji varies quite dramatically. While expat students are eligible to enrol, most expat parents don't go for this option because of language and cultural barriers.
Expats in Fiji tend to send their children to a private school, with the majority selecting the international schools located in either Suva or Nadi.
Public schools in Fiji
Public schools in Fiji are open to expat enrolment, but are rarely used due to somewhat erratic educational standards. Furthermore, parents are often reluctant to send students to these schools because they find the curriculum one-sided, and children who regularly move in and out of school systems may find the experience limited. While public schools are theoretically mixed-race, socio-economic issues and the geographic distribution of ethnic groups mean that, in practice, the schools often comprise a single race.
In many villages there are a small school with teachers doing their best to serve the students across a variety of educational levels. Funding from the cash-strapped Fijian government is often inadequate, and the resulting quality of government schools is not as high as that of private schools.
Private and international schools in Fiji
The most popular option for expats in Fiji is to use one of the country’s two "international" schools, located in Suva and Nadi, respectively. Both schools are tuition based, and offer the International Baccalaureate as well as the ACT (Australian) curriculum (grades 11 and 12).
The fees are expensive by Fijian standards, and only wealthy Fijian nationals can afford them. Expats intending for their child to attend an international school should make provision for school fees as part of an expatriate salary package, if the opportunity exists to do so.
The Yat Sen private school in Suva is also popular with Fiji’s Chinese community and expats seeking an immersive Chinese education.
Other options for expat parents include Grammar and Marist Brothers schools, both of which have strong educational and sporting programmes.
List of international schools in Fiji
International School Suva
Tel: +679 3393 300
International School Nadi
Tel: +679 6702960