His Royal Highness wanted to lift the standard of Education in Tonga to that of countries such as New Zealand and Australia. Prince Tungi had graduated from Sydney University with a BA LLB and returned to Tonga following his father's death in 1942. He was given the portfolio of Education, and in 1944 he established the Tonga Teachers' College and in 1947, the Matriculation School. The school followed the New Zealand syllabus and teachers were recruited from the same country.
It was a fine day on the 4th of June, 1947. There was a soft breeze blowing because the small yellow and brown leaves of the raintree floated down to where students sat. The officials on the chairs were His Royal Higness Prince Tungi (Minister of Education) Hon. 'Ata (the Premier), Hon. Tu'iha'ateiho (Minister of Lands), Mr. K. R. Lamliee (Director of Education), Mr Stafford (Principal of Tonga Teachers College), Mr and Mrs Greem (The teachers of the new school). The rest were seated on the grass under the shade of the big raintree at the Southern side of the main Tonga High School Building.
Speeches were delivered and then the Minister of Education formally opened the Matriculation School The name later to be changed in 1950 to Tonga High School, its current monica.
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