21 Jan 2010

School fee scheme to benefit all government primary school students in Samoa

11:35 am on 21 January 2010

Thousands of students in government primary schools in Samoa will soon benefit from the government's school fee scheme programme.

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture met with representatives of school committees, village mayors, and heads of mission schools to announce the programme.

Each school will receive this year 45 US dollars or 100 Samoan Tala per child to cover school fees.

The money can only be used to pay school fees and can not be used for infrastructure projects, teachers salaries or bank loans.

The chief executive officer of the ministry, Galumalemana Nuufou Petaia, says the scheme will run for three years.

But Galumalemana says the government is looking at other financial sources in order to continue the scheme.