12 Aug 2004

French Polynesia takes on 250 more teachers from France

4:24 pm on 12 August 2004

France has sent a further 250 new teachers to French Polynesia, where the new school term starts next week.

French Polynesia's director of education, Jean-Claude Angué, has told the Tahitipresse news agency that the new teachers will serve in secondary education.

They will join close to 12-hundred foreigners already teaching in French Polynesia.

The French teachers are employed on a two-year, renewable contract.

On top of their usual salary, teachers serving in French Polynesia get premiums according to the distance of their posting, plus other benefits such as free air tickets for their families and moving costs.

Mr Angué says the education budget in French Polynesia is roughly 500 million US dollars, 92 per cent of which is paid by France.