1 Aug 2016

Teacher in Samoa beaten in response to alleged corporal punishment

3:10 pm on 1 August 2016

A teacher at a Samoan school was reportedly beaten in front of students and parents last week in Apia.

The Samoa Observer reported the incident happened at the Seventh Day Adventist College at Lalovaea on Wednesday.

The teacher told the paper he lodged a complaint with the police.

Parents said it happened right in front of students, after the teacher allegedly struck a year 9 student.

A witness alleged the student's family members smashed down a door and beat the teacher.

There has been ongoing violence at Samoa's schools and the Prime Minister temporarily closed Avele College in May, after 26 students faced criminal charges for brawling.

In June, Associate Minister of Labour and Tourism, Tuifaasisina Risati Leleisi'uao, called for a ban on corporal punishment in schools to be lifted, saying the ban was a reason students turned to violence themselves.