Education

The Ministry of Education collates education data from information collected as part of the administration of the education system.  Education levels are divided into Primary, Secondary and Post Secondary. Approximately 90% of primary and 30% of secondary schools are directly funded and controlled by the government.

Although Early Childhood Education (ECE) does not feature in the existing Education Act, the Ministry recognizes its importance, along with primary education, in providing a solid foundation for higher forms of education.  

View tables here with current status of schools in Tonga.

Primary and Secondary School students enrolled and number of Teachers by gender 2010-2012

Education System2,0102,0112,012
Primary EducationMaleFemaleTotalMaleFemaleTotalMaleFemaleTotal
Number of Students
Government7,9187,03314,9517,9357,05014,9857,7446,89614,640
Non-Government9869111,8971,0471,0012,0481,2471,2952,542
Sub - Total8,9047,94416,8488,9828,05117,0338,9918,19117,182
Numbber of Teachers
Government173403576173431604203473676
Non-Government8120101168610223111134
Sub - Total254423677189517706226584810
Pupils/Teacher ratio25:124:121:1
Secondary Education
Number of Students
Government3,0222,2655,2872,9472,2225,1692,8452,2725,117
Non-Government4,4065,0849,4904,6805,0259,7054,7064,9839,689
Sub - Total7,4287,34914,7777,6277,24714,8747,5517,25514,806
Numbber of Teachers
Government130163293135178313117152269
Non-Government340360700330378708360389749
Sub - Total4705239934655561,0214775411,018
Pupils/Teacher ratio15:115:115:1

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Centers, School Roll and Number of Teachers by Major District: 2012

Island ECE CentersPupils' RollTeachersPupils/Teacher
Number %MFTotal%Number % Ratio
Tongatapu42576649071571711056315
Eua9129059149719118
Ha'apai8116171132613810
Vava'u111514314328613251511
Niuas4529346335313
Total741009871214220110016710013

All Government and Mission Primary School Enrolments by Age, and by Level as of September 2012

DISTRICTGOV'TFWCTKKSDABAHAIEQUIPPERSLAFALAFA TOTAL
CENTRAL5,119513404360816,477
EASTERN3,03234174203,260
WESTERN2,1005931312,824
SUB-TOTAL10,2511,106438534131812012,561
EUA854854
HA'APAI96776451,088
NIUAFO'OU8383
NIUATOPUTAPU128128
VAVA'U2,35727842,468
Grand Total14,6401,209567534131812017,182

All Government and Mission Primary Schools Enrolment by Education System, by District, as of September 2012

AGEClass 1Class 2Class 3Class 4Class 5Class 6Inclusive Total
444
59522954
61695981952690
71271653835542624
81831612841122648
922317267392522715
1020417066802591
11523117221958
1214462476
133737
1411
Promotion2778281926792782270229271116698
REPEATERS43861240213484
% of repeaters20.280.2200.44123
GRAND TOTAL2821282726852782271433292417182

All Government and Non-Government Secondary School Enrolment by Age, by Gender and by Level as of September 2012

AGEForm 1Form 2Form 3Form 4Form 5Form 6Form 7Lower 5thTVETGRAND TOTAL
1099
1142717443
121335420411796
136061320424232375
1411569711423996152418
151095621152288102132135
16129611102617835241974
1714588251711611591727
183764463201771220
19121179148169521
2017633926146
21499730
223329
23112
Grand Total2492256322982330277714076382028114806

 Source. Annual Report, Ministry of Education.

Contact organizationmail Ministry of Education