- Education in the Cook Islands
Education in the
Cook Islandshas close ties with the educational system of New Zealand. Primary and secondary education are free and attendance is compulsory for children between the ages of five and fifteen.cite web |url=http://www.cook-islands.gov.ck/cook-islands.php |title=The Cook Islands |accessdate=2008-07-18 |publisher= Government of the Cook Islands] cite web |url=http://pacific.unfpa.org/Countries/ck.htm |title=Cook Islands Country Brief |accessdate=2008-07-18 |publisher= UNFPA] Some degree courses are provided by the University of the South Pacific.
Western began with
missionariesin the early part of the 19th century. The first schools began with British missionariesfrom the London Missionary Societyand later the Seventh-day Adventistsand possibly other church groups.
Tereora College was one such school. It was an LMS school and closed early in the 1900s. Fifty years later it reopened, in 1954, as a public school.
The European School, began in the 1920s. In the 1930s, it was based in the Sunday School Hall, on the seaward side of the Avarua Cook Islands Christian Church at the main town in
Rarotonga. It is not known at this stage as to whether it was a London Missionary Society school or privately run. However the school closed in the 1940s.
In the late 1940s, the
New Zealandadministration opened the Avarua Side School, which was an adjunct school of the Avarua Maori School. In 1958, the Side School moved to Nikao and eventually in 1975, the Nikao Side School was renamed the Avatea School.
Nukutere College, a Catholicsecondary school in Avarua, commenced operations. The Christian Brothers have provided staff for the college since 1976.
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