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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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Queen Salote College's Annual Bazaar net $55,000 in half a day

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QSC's Annual Bazaar net $55,000 in half a day

11 September 2010

Her Majesty, Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho graced the occasion with her presence at last Saturday's Annual Bazaar at the College Hall where stalls were filled with the different varieties of handicrafts made by students of the College for sale and to preserve the skills of weaving, sewing , embroidery and cooking that are part of the school's curriculum and which have introduced these young women  to becoming the most capable wives of Tonga in the future..

The women groups of the Free Wesleyan Church from various parts of Nuku'alofa and the suburbs brought their own wares and set-up  stalls  just outside the Hall and enjoyed a good day of transactions. The largest and most common items for sale were the "ta'ovala, " made of coconut fibres, tapa cloth, synthetic fibres, fau and pandanus leaves. They were in different sizes, colours and styles which attracts the most buyers each year for wearing to work or church or for further sales overseas at a much higher price.

Cooked food in baskets full of a roast pig, domestic chickens, taro-leaves cooked with corned beef in coconut milk, fish  and other delicacies were on swle between $50 to $100 depending on the quantity and quality of such a green basket of cooked food. Sewing and embroidery items were favourite for for most buyers as they stock up on the latest designs of pillow-cases, bed sheets and curtains.

Shortly after midday, when selling and buying has slowed down a bit, most people decided to called it a day and to continue into town for shopping of groceries for Sunday.

The proceeds from the students' stalls inside the Hall totaled T55,347 which is another record figure of more than 50-thousand Pa'anga just like last year. The money is wisely used by the College to cover it's operational costs during the year.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alfoa, 2010.

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