Marshall Islands

Pitok pein bubu im jimma
To be cradled in your grandparent's arms and listen to their stories [our knowledge is passed through storytelling and listening to know and gain understanding] (Kajin M̧ajeļ)

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The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI; Aolepān Aorōkin Ṃajeḷ) consists of five single islands and 29 atolls, including the atolls of Bikini, Enewetak, Kwajalein, Majuro, Rongelap, and Utirik. These landmasses total 181 sq km of land spanning 11,673 sq km of lagoon waters. The terrain is characterized by low coral limestone and sand islands, and the highest point occurs on Likiep atoll (10 m). RMI is an independent republic in free association with the United States. [1]

Official / Indigenous languages

Official / Indigenous languages

Kajin M̧ajeļ (Marshallese)
* note: English is also widely spoken

Common greetings in Kajin M̧ajeļ (pdf)

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78,831 (July 2021 est.) [1]

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Number of schools

112 schools in SY16-17
80 public and 15 private elementary
6 public and 11 private secondary [2]

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Number of students

15,104 students in SY16-17
11,666 in elementary; 9,347 in public, 2,319 in private school
3,438 in secondary; 2,619 in public, 819 in private school [2]

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Number of teachers

1,049 teachers
836 in elementary; 694 in public, 142 in private school
213 in secondary; 142 in public, 71 in private school [2]

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Teacher credentials

29% with less than associate’s degree in SY16-17
43% with associate’s degree
27% with bachelor’s degree
1% with master’s degree [2]

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Institutes of higher education

College of the Marshall Islands offers certificates and degrees in liberal arts, business administration, nursing, marine conservation, and elementary education.

For more information about the RMI Ministry of Education / Public School System