23 Sep 2013

American Samoa looks to more schools to handle growing student population

7:30 am on 23 September 2013

The American Samoan Government is planning to add another high school and elementary school in the Territory, following complaints of overcrowding at some schools.

The Department of Education serves over 14,000 students in the public school systems which includes 23 elementary and six high schools.

The Education Director Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin-Finau says there are several overcrowded schools and among them are Tafuna High School, which has an enrollment of more than 1,100 students.

"What we're looking at is developing a five-year CIP plan and the idea is to lesson the enrolment in these big high schools and big elementary school which is very overcrowded."

Vaitinasa says one of the big issues for consideration is to identify available Government land to build new public schools.