26 Oct 2016

France ups education funding for New Caledonia

4:54 pm on 26 October 2016

The French education minister has promised more funding for New Caledonia.

In an address to the territory's Congress, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem also said 75 additional positions would be created in the education sector.

She promised funding to expand the University of New Caledonia to the northern town of Kone and announced contributions towards the construction or extension of high schools.

As part of the decolonisation process, Paris transferred the authority to run education to the territory four years ago.

Mrs Vallaud-Belkacem, who arrived from French Polynesia, is the first French education minister to make an official visit to New Caledonia.