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Ministry of Education – closer cooperation needed to improve exam results

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/01/2020

The Ministry of Education & Training has called for closer cooperation with related stakeholders when it comes to addressing the issue of the decline in the pass rate for the national Forms 5-7 examinations, after the 2019 results showed a significant drop in the pass rate from the year 2018

In a press conference with the minister, director, and deputy director of the ministry this week, the minister – Siaosi Sovaleni announced the new initiatives the ministry were implementing to try and improve on the results of the 2019 examinations.

The deputy director – ‘Isikeli Oko says despite these new measures the ministry were taking, it was vital for all stakeholders to work together to address this issue. This meant the support and understanding of parents from home, the schools commitment to bettering these results, and many others. This would help the students better prepare for the exams, as well as help the ministry better address the underlying issues that may be causing these poor results in recent years.

There was also discussion of the importance of students selecting relevant subjects in high school that can help them in choosing their career or path for further study after high school.

The minister – Siaosi Sovaleni says it is important to also monitor and evaluate the students’ studies throughout the year instead of waiting for the end of the year with the results of the exams reflecting that the student was not ready or prepared for the exam. Sovaleni said they had taken this into account and increased the number of deputy principals in Tonga High School and Tonga College in order to allow these administrations the means to properly and thoroughly carry out monitoring and evaluation of the teachers output delivery and the students’ progress.

The director – Dr. Tangikina Steen said they have not gathered reliable data to draw conclusion on the cause of the poor exam results but they have received reports about the teachers and their work so they are now looking to empowering the teachers in short term and long term initiatives they’ve set in place.



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