A candidate for Governor in American Samoa says getting sufficient funding for the education sector and paying teachers accordingly will help solve the territory's shortage of quality educators.
There is a growing push by educators and politicians in American Samoa to have the salaries of teachers raised.
An education consultant and candidate for Governor, Dr Salu Hunkin Finau says getting sufficient funding for the education sector and ensuring teachers are paid accordingly, is on her agenda.
"Certainly we're going to look and assess the budget that we already receive. American Samoa is due for 400 million plus this coming budget year, of which 80 million is the Department of Education. I think there are a lot of things that we need to look into to make sure that first of all our personnel are paid properly based on their job descriptions and their qualifications."
Dr Salu Hunkin Finau says she is also seeking additional federal assistance for the education sector.