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Students watching a rugby match in Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Students at rugby match in Tonga

Students at rugby match in Tonga

When I was in Nuku’alofa, I attended a high school rugby match. All of the high schools on the island correspond to various churches, and have different colors. This was the Methodists vs the Mormons. All these students from the Mormon high school were sitting in a very odd straight line up the hill. Eventually I figured out they were sitting the the shadow of a light pole.

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  1. Elaine says:

    Just a correction – not all of the high schools in Tonga correspond to churches. The government runs a few high schools, which also have their own uniform colors ('Atele = red, Tonga High School = Maroon). The Methodist Church and Catholic Church run most high schools because the government can't afford to fund them all. The Mormon Church only runs one high school, called Liahona. The primary schools are, for the most part, all run by the government. Churches and the government's education department agreed a long time ago that primary education would be run by the government, and secondary education would be the realm of the churches due to limited public resources. I hope you liked your time in Tonga!

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