13 Aug 2015

US volunteers bolster teacher numbers in American Samoa

4:22 pm on 13 August 2015

American Samoa's public schools are again getting teaching support from volunteers with the US based World Teach organisation.

The body has previously sent volunteers to cover a teacher shortage in the territory.

The Education Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau says she requested 35 volunteer teachers and has given approval for 22, who are now in Pago Pago going through orientation.

school blackboard

Photo: PHOTO NZ

Vaitinasa says the territory's public school system depends heavily on World Teach volunteers, with some of them assigned to schools in the territory's Manu'a island group but most on the main island of Tutuila.

She says the teachers, each on a one-year contract, are placed in high schools to help with the core subject areas of Mathematics, Science and English.

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