Wallis and Futuna Islands
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By Paul Bacsich
For entities in Wallis and Futuna Islands see Category:Wallis and Futuna Islands
It is made up of three main volcanic tropical islands and a number of tiny islets. The territory is split into two island groups lying about 260 km apart:
The population of Wallis and Futuna is just over 13,000.
The capital (and largest city) is Mata-Utu.
As one commentator puts it, "education is hardly a sophisticated affair", but it is compulsory for children aged between 6 and 16. The main education medium in village schools is French. Primary school lasts for 5 years. Each village has a primary school run by the state. Primary education is much desired by parents, but classes are large and attendance is irregular because children, usually girls, are expected to meet home commitments as well as get an education.
There is a general expectation that children attend a lower secondary school for a period of several years, although these can be difficult to commute to, for children living in remoter rural areas. Students aspiring to senior secondary education go to New Caledonia or French Polynesia instead, or even France, where they can study at tertiary levels too.
A post secondary programme of two years duration was established in the islands in 1990.