Beyond Enrolments: The Determinants of
Primary School Attendance in Melanesia
This paper addresses the determinants of school attendance using unique household survey data for two Melanesian economies rarely reported in the international literature:
Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
Author/s: Posso, Alberto and Simon Feeny
Publication: Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy
We find that as children get older, they are less likely to attend school as are children that work either inside or outside the home. School fees act as a major deterrent for sending children to school, even though governments and international donors have taken significant steps to make primary education free. Finally, community programs that aim at increasing school attendance have been successful, particularly for girls and children in remote areas.