education - teachers

There are currently 282 teachers servicing 33 schools across the Cook Islands of whom 84% are Cook Islanders.

92.6% of teachers have a certificate in teaching, however only 20.6% have a degree qualification in teaching. The student teacher ratio has remained the same over the past two years leveling at 16.2 students per teacher. There have been very slight reductions in this ratio in the outer islands; however the overall ratio has been balanced out by slight increases in Rarotonga.

The ages of teachers vary, however the largest cohort is those aged between 35 and 39 with the second largest cohort being those aged between 55 and 59. Females continue to dominate the teaching profession being 75% of total teachers.

Complete report: MFEM, Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update