3 Apr 2012

Samoa MPs shocked at state of schools

1:17 pm on 3 April 2012

A Samoa MP says parliamentarians are shocked at the state of some of the country's schools.

The Parliamentary Advocacy Group for Healthy Living has closed five schools because of unsanitary conditions and safety issues.

One school reported three students had fallen through wooden floors.

One of the group's members, the leader of the opposition, Palusalue Faapo II, says the schools, three on Upolu and two on Savaii, were unfit for children.

He says the government has prioritised education for many years, and he was surprised at the state of some of the schools.

"These schools, they have just been ignored, in terms of the bad state they are on. Opening these colleges in the rural areas, they are just not up to the standard. They've got no furniture. We were just so surprised that the government has ignored these basics."

Palusalue Faapo II says the schools will be closed for a week to allow them to fix the issues.