20 Sep 2005

Tonga postpones US$10.5m education programme because of new pay commitments

1:47 pm on 20 September 2005

The Tongan government has reportedly postponed a World Bank and New Zealand-funded education programme because of the need to meet new salary increases for civil servants.

The magazine Matangi Tonga reports the launch of the 10.5 US dollar Tonga Education Support Programme had been scheduled to take place yesterday.

Tonga's Director of Education, Viliami Takau, says New Zealand has agreed to postpone the launch date to mid-November.

The five-year project aimed to develop the curriculum, address skill training for teachers, and upgrade the management of schools.