There are currently 850 primary and secondary schools, some of which are run by the government and some by religious organizations. Law does not require school attendance, but most children go to elementary school, a good portion also receive some part of a secondary education.
Although government-funded schools are legally required to be mixed race, in rural areas, de- facto segregation often leads to isolated, single race classrooms. Village schools normally consist of one room in which a single teacher does her best to educate 20 students. In towns, class sizes are often 50:1 Due to poverty, around 20% of children in villages miss out on primary education altogether!
It’s suggested that poverty, school fees, child labor practices, poor quality of education, distance from schools and the HIV pandemic are the major factors which keep children in Fiji from receiving a quality education.