Education System in New Caledonia
The education system in New Caledonia still mirrors that of the French colonial power, and is compulsory and free from age 6 to 16. Primary schooling lasts for 5 years, during which time pupils will have obtained a firm foundation for their further education.
The mandatory education program lasts for a further 4 years at middle school, and culminates in a national examination. If they wish to, students may complete their schooling at this point and enter the job market.
The final 3 years known as upper secondary school are not compulsory, although necessary for those students going on to university. The curriculum approximates that used in mainland France.
The College of New Caledonia offers over 35 training programs in skills that vary as widely as business & technology, early childhood education and various trades. It is also possible to complete the Level-1 programs that allow entry into an apprenticeship.
Although it does not have a university per se, New Caledonia does have 5 institutions of higher education. Chief among these is College of New Caledonia that incorporates a branch of the Université Française du Pacifique and is illustrated here. It provides university-transfer programs in arts, science & commerce, and 2-year associate degrees in arts and science.
It also offers a variety of continuing education opportunities in the form of training courses and other programs.