Education in Solomon Islands


Joined Commonwealth: 1978

Population: 550,000 (2012)

GDP p.c. growth: 0.7% p.a. 1990–2012

UN HDI 2012: World ranking 143

Net primary enrolment: 93% (2012)

Net secondary enrolment: 42.7% (2010)


Public spending on education was 6 per cent of GDP in 2010.

The Ministry for Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) is responsible for managing primary and higher education in the Solomon Islands.

There are six years of primary education and seven years of secondary, with cycles of three and four years. The school year starts in January.

Solomon Islands College of Higher Education offers teacher training; finance, nursing and secretarial studies; and a range of technical subjects related to Solomon Islands’ economy such as marine and fisheries studies, forestry and agriculture. The college also gives some first-year university courses. Solomon Islands is a partner in the regional University of the South Pacific, which has its main campus in Suva, Fiji, and a campus in Honiara, Solomon Islands.