Governor Togiola Tulafono has signed into law legislation that makes it mandatory for children age five to enter schools in American Samoa.
The measure, which originated from the governor last month, was signed into law on August 28th and goes into effect immediately.
Before, the mandatory age to enter school is six years old.
Governor Togiola says signing the legislation into law will now provide for continued education for these youngsters and essentially bridging the gap on this potential educational gap.
He said the new law effectively closes this gap.