A new Tongan Early Childhood Playgroup and Training Centre has opened at Mt Roskill in Auckland, and named ‘Muniao ‘o e ‘Ofa’ or Net of Love by Hon. Lupepau’u Tuita on August 1.
Dr Linita Manu’atu said that the training centre of the ‘Kau Fakana’ana’a ‘o Falelalava & Loto‘Ofa WhatuManawa Educational Services’ would offer playgroups for two-days a week, starting on August 12.
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.
The landlord of the house attacked in Tofoa on Thursday 18 by a mob of Tupou College students undertook to file a lawsuit againts the accussed.
Kepueli ‘Ioane former student of Tupou College and is now serving the Government of Tonga said although his whole secondary school life has been brought up in the college he strongly condemned the students’ action.
The finals of the Tongatapu Secondary Schools Rugby are going ahead quietly this week at the Teufaiva Stadium, but without the crowds of spectators who are not allowed to attend, in order to prevent any school fights.
The finals for Grade 3 and 4 were held today, July 30 and the finals of Grade 2 and the 1st XV will be held on Thursday, August 1.
The members of the Tonga Secondary School Principals Association (TSSPA) last night have decided that finals for secondary schools rugby tournament 2013 continue with only “parents and guardians of students in the teams” allowed to attend.
Fr. ‘Aisake Vaisima, the president of the TSSPA said the decision, “was confirmed by the Ministry of Education and the Directors of Schools Systems”.
The government in Tonga is warning radio stations against using a violent school rivalry as a topic for talk-back shows.
A former Tonga College student, Taniela Halahuni, has a skull fracture and is in a critical condition after last week’s attack by 147 students and ex-students from rival school Tupou College.
51 Tongan high school students have been released on bail but 22 remain in custody following last week’s clash involving students from Tupou and Tonga Colleges.
Following the incident, which left a man in hospital in a critical condition, 147 students were arrested.