31 Oct 2007

Calls in Samoa for government to tackle increasing number of children selling goods on streets

9:00 am on 31 October 2007

There are calls in Samoa for the government to address the growing number of children selling goods on the streets.

The President of Survival Foundation, Tuilaepa Mary Gray believes the problem is getting worse.

She told the Samoa Observer that some of the children interviewed by her group say their parents made them go on the street to sell items for school fees.

The children were sent home from school and cannot sit exams unless their school fees are paid.

Tuilaepa Mary said Police should be enforcing the law on compulsory education.

The law states that education is compulsory for children aged 14 and under.

Tuilaepa says she's trying to get the labor law amended to increase the working age from 15 to 18 years.

She said 15 was too early and children need more education at that age.