26 Aug 2013

American Samoan schools to reopen after health scare

1:42 pm on 26 August 2013

American Samoan school are set to begin classes after a two-week delay caused by unsanitary conditions and safety problems.

Several schools were dirty and in need of repairs, and crews were completing their work on Friday.

The governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, told cabinet directors that official instructional days for public schools begin on Monday.

Lolo says there will be no loss of school days.

"I have asked the director of education not to short-change the school calendar, and make sure we have 180 days, school days, and make sure that our children are given every opportunity to make up for the loss of time and activities."

The Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga.

The Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says the department has cancelled the one-week spring break in late March next year to make up for lost instructional days.