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The Ministry of education and Training is responsible for the administration of the education system and for the improvement of women. It wishes to foster a policy environment in which teachers can operate effectively, and where students can participate and achieve to a high standard. It also ensures that the education system is able to respond quickly and effectively to social and economic trends as they emerge, and can meet the diverse needs of different communities, employers, and the wider society. Its role is to empower other people through its leadership, support of the infrastructure, and through its assistance of those who are at risk of underachievement.

MET's priority in the medium to longer term will be to improve education and enhance institutional mechanism to advance women‟s affairs by strengthening its own capability and effectiveness. Improved internal systems will be needed and better relationships with the wider education sector. The focus will be placed upon: educational outcomes, policy advice and implementation, resource delivery, monitoring and accountability, local empowerment, and fostering effective strategic relationships.


Principal Legislations:
Education Act 1974, (Chapter 86) Sports Council Act 1989 Education Regulation (2002)
New Legislation: Tonga National Qualification and Accreditation Act: 08 September 2004

The legal mandate of the Ministry of Education derives from the Education Act 1974. The Ministry of Education is structured in accordance with the functions approved by the Minister of Education under the powers conferred on him by the Education Act 1974 and sets out its functions as follows;

- To ensure the country is provided with skilled and competent manpower needed for sustainable development;
- To provide policy advice to the Government on primary, secondary and post-secondary education as well as future directions to meet challenges of the 21st Century;
- To ensure the effective, efficient, and equitable implementation of the Education Act and other Government policies.


Hon. Penisimani 'Epenisa Fifita -  Minister for Education & Training

Mr. Claude Tupou - Acting CEO of Education & Training



For more information:


Secondary School Principals Embark on Leadership Development

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26 April, 2012. Principals play key roles in the administration of their schools, the management of their staff and the shaping of education outcomes of students. Mentorship and support for secondary school principals in Tonga have been identified as vital for ensuring they are able to realise their full leadership potentials for the benefit of their staff and schools.

The Tonga Secondary Schools Leadership Program (TSSLP), an Australian Government initiative of AusAID's Pacific Leadership Program (PLP), was launched in Nuku'alofa on Thursday, April 26.

Designed to provide targeted leadership training for secondary school principals and their leadership and governance teams, the TSSLP was launched with the opening of a Training Conference for 31 principals from all over the country. The conference will be followed by a mentoring program linking them with local mentors to support them in meeting their leadership challenges.

The principals attending the Training Conference were present at the launch, where an opening address was delivered by Minister for Education, Women's Affairs and Education, Dr. ‘Ana Maui Taufe'ulungaki. Accompanying her as key participants in the launch program was Mr. Paul Fonua, Chairperson of the Tongatapu Secondary Schools Principals Association (TSSPA), Mrs. Seu'ula Fonua, Acting Director of the USP Oceania Institute for Education (OIE) and Cameron Bowles, Regional Director of PLP.

Leadership has a direct correlation with a school's ability to meet the learning and development needs of its students and the aspirations of parents and wider society. Enhancing school leadership is therefore an important strategy for addressing the challenges of access to and quality within education provision in Tonga.

"When we come into positions as principals, we are rarely given the training. So we kind of go through a trial and error period, which is not good for our staff and students and that's why we were requesting this sort of help through the TSSLP," said Dean of Academic Studies at Tupou Tertiary Institute, Reverend Dr ‘Ungatea Fonua Kata.

The TSSLP is aimed at providing support for school principals through a long-term strategy for leadership development, with pre and in-service programs to equip them with the range of skills, competencies, and knowledge needed to be effective in their increasingly complex roles as school leaders.

The Program will focus on supporting principals and their teams in a manner sensitive to the Tongan context. It also recognises that each school and system has unique features, leadership experience, improvement priorities and leadership development needs. In this aspect, mentors will be engaged locally, to provide in-depth, contextualised support for the principals in their various leadership situations.

"Each school leader and leadership team will have different learning needs. The mentors will have a very important role in helping the teams bring out the best in each other," said Mr Bowles.

The program design has been further informed by key lessons from Tongan experience, including the importance of trust and open communication, as well as the clarity of expectations, roles and responsibilities. The TSSLP is the result of a joint collaboration between the Institute of Education-USP (IOE) and PLP with the support of the MEWAC, the TSSPA, the Civil Society Forum of Tonga (CSFT) and AusAID through the Australian High Commission in Tonga.


For more information, contact:

Mele Taumoepeau
Program Coordinator, Tonga Secondary Schools Leadership Program (TSSLP)
Level 1, Kupu House, Fatafehi Road, Nuku'alofa
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P: +676 23042

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