Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva’s empty rhetorics on educational reform is a cover-up for his nepotism schemes. First, he hired his own son as Personal Assistant. Then he created the false alarm with the examination computer system in the Education Department to facilitate hiring his other son and partner’s computer company.
Deny all they want, but school children and their parents are spending out-of-pocket funds to review problems with the students’ exams. The problems are caused due to no fault of the parents and students, but the “untested” computer software introduced by the PM’s son and partner’s company. Additionally, New Zealand universities are no longer accepting examination results from Tonga’s Department of Education due in large part to the implementation of the “raw marks” grading system replacing the “standardization” system.
Quoting morality, nationalism, and greater good, etc., by the Prime Minister without justification of scientific studies and peer-reviewed research is a conman’s job in this day and age of scientific checks and balances. It is pure propaganda from Government into fooling ordinary folks. Hardly do those fancy words ever justify the nepotism and favoritism that has come from this PM’s administration.
Meanwhile, school children and their parents are the innocent victims of a nepotism network scheme.
Sione A. Mokofisi - MBA
Director English, Journalism & Business Management
Moana Uni-Tech, Havelu, Tongatapu