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Tonga has a 6-7 formal education structure. Primary school has an official entry age of six and a duration of six grades. Secondary school consists of grades 8 -13. In principle, primary school is free and compulsory. Students sit for the Secondary Entrance Examination (SEE) at the end of grade six to gain entry into secondary school. At the secondary level, students may sit for the Common Examination at the end of form 2, the Tonga School Certificate Examination at the end of form 5, the Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate Examination at the end of form six, and the New Zealand University Bursaries Examination at the end of form seven (Tonga Education Sector Study. March, 2003.
UIS classifies the school structure in Tonga as having a 6-4-2 structure with an entry age of five. Because this is not in alignment with the nationally-defined school system structure UIS indicators do not reflect the nature of the official education system. Care should be taken when interpreting UIS data for Tonga.
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for Tonga include administrative data from the Department of Statistics (2003-2007), and indicators derived from UIS data.
For an overview of current education conditions in Tonga, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 10/2012
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