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Plans for Tongan language policy raises concerns

Currently the English language is being introduced to class three - however, the new policy is looking to re-introduce English from class one to three, which was the case in the past.

According to Dr 'Ana Taufe'ulungaki, in a largely oral society, it is important to teach children the foundational skills of literacy in the Tongan language.

She said it would be more meaningful to them in the Tongan language rather than in a language which is imposed on them.

There is a big concern that the focus on the English language could see the demise of the Tongan language.