Knowledge and culture
It is not compulsory schooling. Most children start in
6-year primary school when they are six years old. High
school is 7 years old. According to
the University of the South Pacific has a department in
Honiara and the University of Papua New Guinea a department
There are three daily newspapers and one news website,
two weekly newspapers and two monthly newspapers.
Founded in 1976, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Company (SIBC)
has daily radio broadcasts in English and Pigdin-English.
SIBC initiated television broadcasts in 1992.
Well-known authors are John Saunana (1945-), Rexford
Orotaloa (1956-), Jully Makini (Jully Sipolo) (1953-) and
Julian Maka'a (1957-).
Folk music includes pan flute orchestras and bamboo
music. Modern music includes rock and reggae as well as
so-called island music influenced by Polynesian and