21 Sep 2009

More teachers boost American Samoa schools

3:13 pm on 21 September 2009

American Samoa's Department of Education director says any public complaints regarding teacher shortages should be addressed by the recent recruitment of 17 teachers.

Dr Claire Poumele told lawmakers during joint Fono budget hearings in which her Department is allocated 68 million US dollars.

Dr Poumele says there were 21 vacant teaching positions that needed to be filled prior to the start of the new school year and the DOE has been working to fill these.

The current public school enrolment stands at about 15,000 students.

Dr Poumele says the current teacher/student ratio is about one teacher to 27 or 30 students while the national average in the United States is about one teacher to 25 students.

The big problem faced by American Samoa is the low spend per student.

At the national level, the average is about 6,000 dollars while in American Samoa it is about 2,700 dollars per student.