School and Education in Palau


Schooling in Palau is compulsory and free of charge from 6 to 14 years of age. Almost all children attend primary school, and literacy among the adult population is as high as close to 98%, with a slight difference between women and men. About 17% of primary school children attend private schools, as well as just over 40% of secondary school children.

The level of education is high in Palau. By 1990, 58% of the population (25 years and older) had completed secondary education; 1/3 of them also had higher education. Two-year higher vocational education is available at the vocational school in Koror.

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Knowledge and culture

It is compulsory and free schooling for children aged 6-14. Both private and public secondary schools exist. Some subjects can be studied at Palau Community College; other studies are conducted abroad.

There is 1 monthly newsletter published by the government and 3 independent newspapers: 1 is published twice a week, 1 weekly and 1 every other week. There are 6 radio stations and cable TV.

A Palauian form of folk music is influenced by American country music. Traditional dances are performed by village groups.

The most well-developed literary genre is poetry in Palauian and English.

Woodcuts are common, including storyboards. Decorated bai house headboards (at meeting houses) are characteristic of Palau. Graphic art is well developed.

Basketball and football are popular sports.