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Fokololo ‘o e Hau Institute returns to the Ministry of Education

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 07/09/2020

As Parliament resumed deliberations this morning after adjournment from last month and as usual the Prime Minister informed MPs about the latest update on government’s operations with securing Tonga’s borders and especially now with repatriation of the Tongans stranded abroad. Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu’I’onetoa says up-to-date Tonga is still free of Covid 19.

On other issues raised during his brief report this morning, PM informed the House that Cabinet approved to return the Tonga Maritime Poly-Technical Institute known as Fokololo ‘o e Hau Technical Institute from Friendly Islands Shipping Agency – FISA to the Ministry of Education and Training.  He says the Education Minister has held meetings with related stakeholders on the issue and they will ensure that it will be effective.

In January 2019, Cabinet approved the transfer of the ownership, operations and management of the Tonga Maritime Poly-Technical Institute from the Ministry of Education and Training to FISA.

Fokololo ‘o e Hau was the approved provider of maritime technical and vocational education and training in Tonga and its training programmes were aimed at meeting the needs of both domestic and international shipping fleets as well as the seafarers.

In a Press Release from the Prime Minister’s office last year, Tonga Maritime Poly Technical Institute was also able to re-validate and upgrade the Tongan seafarer’s certification but, in 2010 it was closed down due to its non-compliance with the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for seafarers following an audit of the institution by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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