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Community organisations join the debate over Tonga’s school violence


They say that while the debate amongst Tongan leaders to find solutions to school violence continues, the community has been failing to talk to the students themselves.

via Community organisations join the debate over Tonga’s school violence | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Recommendation to close Tonga’s two oldest schools to solve violence


The recommendation aims to solve the long standing rivalry between Tupou and Tonga college following the recent violent incident between students from both colleges.

Both colleges were established in the 19th century and hold huge significance in Tongan history and culture.

Indira Moala reports.

via Recommendation to close Tonga’s two oldest schools to solve violence | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Boys boarding schools may have to close, suggests church leader


The escalation in student violence is a major crisis for the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, its General Secretary Rev. Dr Tevita Havea said today, and suggested that closing the rival boarding schools of ‘Atele and Toloa for ten years might be a way forward for the schools and the country.He was commenting on last week’s student attack on a house at Tofoa that has left a 22-year-man in a coma and a 15 year old with serious injuries, and 147 students, ex-students and a teacher charged with offences.

via Boys boarding schools may have to close, suggests church leader | Matangi Tonga.

Brawl avoided between two colleges in Tonga, Police Called


The swift intervention of the locals at the village of Veitongo on the mainland Tongatapu in Tonga averted what could easily have been a major disaster. Last Saturday evening, about a hundred students from Tupou College, Toloa, arrived by bus to fight students of Tonga College, ‘Atele. The Tonga College students were reported to have been camping out at a residence in the area.

Police were arrived to the help of the village wardens and the students were taken into custody.

via Brawl avoided between two colleges in Tonga, Police Called – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News.