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Education & Training (MOET)

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



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National Consultation on Cultural mapping, planning and policy

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19 May 2011

A one-day national consultation workshop on Cultural mapping, planning and policy in Tonga (polokalama talanga faka-fonua ki hono fokotu'utu'u, palani moe fa'u tu'utu'uni ki he anga fakafonua ‘i Tonga) was held at the Queen Salote College Hall on 19 May, 2011.

This workshop is one of the core components of the Cultural Mapping Exercise that is being undertaken in Tonga by the Ministry of Education, Women Affairs and Culture (MEWAC) in collaboration with the Institute of Education of the University of the South Pacific (USP), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The aim was to encourage key stakeholders from Government and non-government organizations, community committees and civil societies who are cultural experts, custodians of traditional knowledge to play proactive roles, which are critical for the success of cultural mapping exercises.

The Guest of Honour, the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Food and Fisheries, Lord Vaea, former head of Tonga's Tradition Committee and Chairman for the Tonga Culture Committee, keynoted the opening address of the workshop. The workshop was led by briefings from the Committee Secretary, Dr. ‘Ana Haulalofa'ia Koloto , the University of South Pacific's Tonga Campus Director.

Culture is incorporated in the Government's National Vision (SDP8) which focuses on, "creating a society in which all Tongans enjoy higher living standards and a better quality of life through good governance, equitable and environmentally sustainable private sector-led economic growth, improved education and health standards and cultural development."

Over the years, the Ministry try to re-enforce the importance of social cohesion and cultural identity by implementing many strategies to support Government's vision and goal for cultural development.

This includes the Ministry's reviewing of its Education Policy Framework and Corporate Plan to include Language and Culture as one of the cross-cutting themes of the Education Programme.

A continued collaboration with the Tonga Traditions Committee in the maintenance and preservation of Tonga's Cultural Heritage is also a key part of the programme. Other strategies included participation in regional and international culture programs activities and the public promotion of the values and importance of Tongan Culture in the media.

With cultural mapping, one of the key objectives of such a workshop is to bring together people and collectively build up the nation's passion, dedication and commitment to advocate the importance of safeguarding and promote Tonga's unique culture.

Cultural Mapping is now taking place to help the Ministry form baseline cultural data that it could share with the new Government and other policy makers.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 July 2011 23:23 )
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