The Cook Islands has a total of 33 schools (primary and secondary). 76% of these are public schools with 42% on Rarotonga.

In 2005 there were 4573 enrolments at schools in the Cook Islands. 2840 were on Rarotonga and 1733 on the Outer Islands. Overall 2005 enrolments have decreased by 1.3% in comparison to 2004. This largely reflects a 2.9% reduction in Outer Island enrolments mainly from the Southern Group (excluding Rarotonga).

The Secondary School level makes up the majority of this de-crease and is reflected in the reduction of senior retention rates by 4.3%. Rarotonga enrolments have only decreased slightly by 0.2%.

Complete report: MFEM, Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update