7 Sep 2009

Vanuatu opts for free primary school education from 2010

2:31 pm on 7 September 2009

The Vanuatu Government has officially launched its policy to offer free primary education.

The minister of Education, Charlot Salwai, says starting from next year education will be free for children at primary level.

Mr Salwai says the government has found that many children have been denied access because their parents cannot afford the school fees.

Under this policy, the government will allocate 60 US dollars per child from the first term of 2010.

In 2011, the amount will be increased to 110 dollars.

Mr Salwai says the government also wants to change the curriculum that Vanuatu has followed for the past 29 years.

The government policy can be implemented following the financial assistance of the New Zealand and the Australian government of about five million US dollars.