GOVERNMENT OF TONGA

MEDIA RELEASE

(27 August 2015)

“KEYNOTE SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER, HON. SAMUELA ‘AKILISI POHIVA  AT THE AUSTRALIA–PACIFIC TECHNICAL COLLEGE (APTC) TONGA GRADUATION CEREMONY AT 12.00 PM ON THURSDAY, 27TH AUGUST, 2015 AT THE QUEEN SALOTE MEMORIAL HALL.”

Over the past decade, the advancement in Tonga’s,   Human Development Index, and its high number of Doctorates in Philosophy, in comparison to its population size, has been recognized globally.

Equally acknowledged, has been the raising, of the quality and level of qualification, in nursing, teaching, theology, and a few other key, technical and vocational competency.

Accordingly, it is an immense pleasure, on behalf of the Government, and the People of Tonga, to extend our heartiest congratulations, to each and every one, of today’s graduates.  We applaud, your diligent efforts, and exceptional achievement, for which, it is my singular honour, to witness personally.

From the Government’s perspective, this  auspicious  occasion,  is  a  source  of  pride,  and  inspiration,  because it  personify, the fulfillment, of the strategy, for Outcome Objective Number 5, of the National Strategic Development Framework, which comprise, promoting skill development, in domestic training institutions, and mobilization, of external training opportunities.

Hence, we are indeed grateful, for the immense contribution of the APTC, and the Government of Australia, to complement, and thus complete, the TVET puzzle, so that Stakeholders, and the people of the Kingdom, can see the culmination, of this Outcome.

I note with immense interest, and appreciation, that at least two, of the graduates, are very senior in the public service, and are recognized professionals, in their own right.

Furthermore, there is at least, one female graduate, with a trade qualification, with completion of her Certificate Three (III) in Electro – technology, and is currently using this knowledge, and specialized skills, in a family business.

As you leave with your respective qualifications today, I wish the graduates all the best and Godspeed in your future endeavours and profession.  You have become role models for generations to come. I also wish to acknowledge the unfailing efforts and all the assistance of the Australia Pacific Technical College, its management and teaching staff, and all stakeholders from the Public and Private Sectors, as well as the support of families, employers, and colleagues.

I would like to close with a quote from former American President Abraham Lincoln that:

“ Upon  the  subject  of  education,  not  presuming  to dictate,  any  plan  or  system  respecting  it,  I  can  only say,  that  I  view  it,  as  the  most  important  subject, which   we,   as   a   people,   can   be   engaged   in. ”   

‘Ofa atu.

 

ENDS

 

Issued by the: The Prime Minister’s Office, P.O. Box 62, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Tel: (676) 24 644     Fax:  (676) 23 888; For media enquiries- Email: pressoffice@pmo.gov.to

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