More than 90% of the Kiribati are literate. Schooling is
compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 15, the
first six years in primary school, the following three years
in secondary school. Each atoll has at least one state
compulsory school, and almost all compulsory children attend
school. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Kiribati.
In 1991 there were three state and six private continuing
schools, teacher training, nurses and sailors as well as a
state college with technical education and two private
colleges. The University of the South Pacific at Fiji has a
branch in southern Tarawa. Nearly 18% of the state budget
went to the education sector in 1995.
In January 2014, a committee was set up to promote Tong
as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to
raise awareness of global climate change. In August, Tong
stated that calculations, the highest point in Kiribati will
have disappeared into the sea by the end of the 21st
Also in 2014, it attracted attention when a man from
Kiribati in New Zealand claimed the status of climate
refugee. The claim was subsequently rejected in both a
national court, appeals court and the Supreme Court of New
Zealand. The Supreme Court saw it as its duty to prevent
refugees from the climate disaster finding their way into
the Refugee Convention.
The December 2016 parliamentary elections were won by
Boutokaan Te Koaua (Pillars of Truth), who got 26 out of
Parliament's 46 seats. An increase of 11 seats in the
previous election. Then, the two opposition parties merged
and formed the Tobwaan Kiribati Party, which in March 2016
won the presidential election with Taneti Mamau as the
candidate. He got 60% of the vote.