The Ministry of Education and Training’s (MET) roles are administered in accordance with the following principal legislations:
- Education Act 1974 (Chapter 86) and subsequent amendments (1999, 2000, 2002, 2013)
- Education (Schools and General Provisions) Regulations and other Regulations
- Tonga National Qualifications and Accreditation Board Act 2004, and the
- Tonga National Qualifications and Accreditation Regulations 2010.
The Ministry’s core functions are to:
Ensure Tonga is provided with skilled and competent manpower needed for sustainable development;
Provide policy advice to the Government on primary, secondary and post-secondary education as well as future directions to meet the challenges of the 21st Century;
Ensure the effective, efficient, equitable, relevant, and sustainable implementation of the Education Act, regulations, and other Government policies.
A Letter from the Honourable Minister
The Ministry of Education and Training is responsible for the administration and management of all education and training programs and activities in Tonga as a whole. MET has made every effort ‘to create an environment in which all education systems, communities, schools, teachers, students, donor and development partners, and the Ministry can work together in partnership and in harmony to achieve maximal benefit for all students at all levels, and in which all students can equitably access quality education that is relevant and sustainable’.
With a total population of 101, 133 recorded in the 2016 census, children of the compulsory education age group makes up 32% of the population. Educating almost a third of the population is a big onus. While plans for education can be executed in a less interrupted society and school environment, the threats brought about by COVID-19 and further compounded by TC Harold, presents the Tongan Government with the opportunity to ‘re-imagine’ their educational plans. The re-imagining process utilizes both the old and new approaches to delivery of the national curriculum, and especially in uncertain times such as the present and post COVID-19.
One of these approaches to education is this website; we have built this platform together with relevant resources for all classes from early childhood and inclusive education to primary, secondary, TVET and tertiary levels of schooling. Our teachers have been instrumental in providing the learning resources here so you could access these at your convenience. Other forms of learning deliveries will be provided through paper-based, on radio and TV or using a combination of these platforms.
The Ministry believes strongly that your learning is important, so we have provided other ways than face-to-face delivery for you to access so your learning will continue, despite any school closures.
I wish you the very best in your learning.
Hon Siaosi ‘Ofa Ki Vahafolau Sovaleni
Minister for Education and Training
 Ministry of Education and Training website http://www.edu.gov.to/about-us/roles-responsibilities.html