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MET working to ensure education continues despite COVID-19 restrictions

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 31/03/2020

The ministry of Education and Training during the 2 weeks’ school break are working to ensure students will be able to continue their education even if the restrictions due to COVID-19 are extended into the next Term which is expected to begin in 2 weeks’ time.

Some of the alternatives being considered include using online platforms to deliver classes as well as using television and radio for a wider-reaching audience. The minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni told Radio Tonga News this morning they are considering all these options but are also awaiting any further directives from government as the measures implemented for COVID-19 protection increase.

One of the challenges they face are the different education systems for public and private (or church) schools and so the ministry is also taking into account these different schools and are looking to ensure that all the students would be able to keep up with the syllabus. The minister says there are no changes to the syllabus even if there are changes in the delivery of the teachers’ lessons.

Another issue they will need to overcome is the examinations, which Sovaleni says would need to be arranged according to the conditions directed by government.

These are of course only arrangements in the event that the current situation in the country worsens and that schools will be closed affecting student’s education but otherwise there is also the possibility that schools may return to normal operations.

Education is an important issue, constantly emphasized in royal addresses from His Majesty King Tupou VI and so the ministry is working diligently to ensure they are able to facilitate the students’ education even with the difficult challenges now posed by the spread of COVID-19 worldwide.

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