28 Apr 2003

Catholic teachers in Samoa complain about pay and big classes

3:17 pm on 28 April 2003

Teachers at Catholic Church Schools in Samoa say they are suffering from over crowded classrooms and low pay.

At a special gathering to discuss problems facing teachers in the sector, the Director of Catholic schools, Chris Hazelman spoke of classes where the ratio was one teacher to fifty pupils.

He said some teachers had also gone without a pay rise for up to twenty years.

Mr Hazelman said high pupil numbers had led to a decline in exam results and there were also concerns about the needs of those who were not academically gifted.

It's thought that three thousand pupils attend Catholic schools in Samoa.