26 Mar 2013

American Samoa's Governor threatens to close down a public school

5:08 am on 26 March 2013

The Governor of American Samoa has threatened to close down a dilapidated public high school unless the Department of Education takes immediate action.

Lolo Matalasi Moliga told a Cabinet meeting that at a recent culture day, students from the affected school, Fagaitua, sang a Samoan song calling on the government for help.

He says the students sang that it takes two hours for one student standing in line to get to use the bathroom.

The governor also says the students claimed that many classrooms were unusable after 11am because they are too hot and the air condition system does not work.

The governor says a crew from the Department of Public Works is being sent to the school this week to start working on fixing bathrooms.

The Education Department is yet to comment on the Governor's complaints.