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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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Ministry of Education honors Her Majesty Queen Mata'aho on Mother's Day

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6 May 2011 To honour Her Majesty, Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho on Mother's Day, the Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. 'Ana Taufe'ulungaki led a special combined presentation of traditional kava and yams, 'fakatu'uta ha'unga' by the Ministry of Education, Women Affairs and Culture, and students from various high schools in Tonga to Her Majesty at the Royal Residence, Tufimahina.

This presentation which coincides with the upcoming celebration of the Mother's Day holiday in the weekend, serves to not only offer best wishes of the Day to the Queen Mother but in acknowledgement of Her  Majesty's attendance of the Education Day on 27 May which will start-off the weekend long Celebrations for Her Majesty's Birthday on the 29 May.

The Minister was accompanied by senior education officials from the Ministry, principals, teachers and students from both Government and Church high schools.

few High Schools in Tongatapu in their presentation to the Queen.

The Education Day 2011 programme will start from 10 am to 130 pm on 27 May at Teufaiva Stadium. This programme will include marching and traditional Tongan dancing by government and non government primary and secondary/tertiary schools.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

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