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Free transport to and from school for all students for three weeks

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 28/04/2020

The Ministry of Education and Training is providing free transportation to and from school for all students for three weeks.

Students from all districts of Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai and ‘Eua will benefit from this.

Education Minister says the initiative supports the promotion of social distancing and recognizing the economic impact of COVID-19 as some families are facing financial difficulties during this period due to restrictions imposed.

After three weeks, the Ministry believes that this would be sufficient time for communities, families and kava clubs to start supporting the transportation costs of their students.

The free transportation is taken as part of the COVID-19 Education Cluster Relief to ensure students can attend school and that no one is disadvantaged in this regard.

A high number of buses are being utilized for transportation to ensure that social distancing is reasonably practiced as per direction from the Ministry of Health.

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