School and Education in Tonga


Schooling is compulsory and free of charge from 6 to 14 years of age. The primary school is 6 years old. Entry to the secondary school, which is 7-8 years old and to a large extent private and fee-based, takes place through the degree at the end of year 6 of the primary school. Almost 100 percent of children attend school between the ages of 6 and 15.

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Tonga did not have its own university for a long time, but the University of the South Pacific at Fiji has a branch in the country. In 2018, one of the country’s churches started Christ’s University. In addition, there are advanced vocational training institutes, including a teacher’s college. For its educational system, Tonga is highly dependent on external financial assistance.

School in Tonga

The education system in Tonga is good. Many children go to school and have access to education. Schooling is compulsory up to the age of twelve. The parents only pay low fees, so the school is quite affordable for most of them. In the photo you can see children in a primary school in Tonga.

Tonga Country Flag

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98 out of 100 people in Tonga can read and write. With eleven other states, Tonga also operates a university called the University of the South Pacific, ie “University in the South Pacific”.

The problem in Tonga, however, is the lack of jobs for the educated youth. There are far too few opportunities to apply the knowledge later. This is one of the reasons for many to leave the islands in order to enable their children to have a better life later on or at least to give them a better education.