24 Nov 2008

Samoa MPs begin to look at Education Bill to ensure all children attend school

8:10 pm on 24 November 2008

The Samoa Parliament looks set to approve an Education Bill aiming to make education affordable for all children.

Independents have joined government MPs in singing the praises of the bill during its first reading.

Many see it as a way to address the growing number of child peddlers on the streets of Apia.

The Newsline newspaper reports the legislation requires village appointed authorities and teachers to monitor whether parents are allowing their children to attend school.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele says parents are putting other concerns before the education of their children.