|Department of Education|
|National education budget (2016)|
|Budget||1242.8 million PGK |
|Primary languages||"English, "Tok Pisin, "Hiri Motu and "others|
|System type||Public, religious, private|
|Literacy (2015 est)|
|Secondary||243,000 (Lower) 
136,000 (Upper) 
Education in Papua New Guinea is managed through nineteen "provinces and two district organisational units. It is tuition-free and attendance is not compulsory. With a literacy rate of 64.2%, "Papua New Guinea has the lowest literacy rate in "Oceania.
The first school in Papua New Guinea was established in 1873 by English missionaries. Missionaries would continue providing the basis for education, with "English and "German as primary languages. In 1914, as part of World War I, Australia took control over German New Guinea and English became the sole official language.
The Currie Commission was created in 1964 to investigate the establishment of higher education in the "Territory of Papua and New Guinea. In 1965 the first university in Papua New Guinea, the "University of Papua New Guinea, was established. It was heavily influenced by the Australian education system.
Education in Papua New Guinea has been tuition-free since 2012, as one of the election promises of the "People's National Congress.
Papua New Guinea's history of missionary education has led to a large part of education being provided by religious schools. The Department of Education has estimated that 29% of the country's lower secondary education is operated by churches. 3% is operated by private international schools, while the remainder is funded by the government.
There are six universities in Papua New Guinea. These are accredited under the PNG Office of Higher Education and have establishing Acts of Parliament. The six universities and the main campus of each are, in alphabetical order:
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