17 Oct 2013

American Samoa confronting concerns about education quality

7:29 pm on 17 October 2013

An American Samoa educator says many students who want to enter college are not up to standard in English and mathematics.

The first ever education summit in American Samoa is being held over three days from Tuesday next week, to address a range of critical issues faced by the education system, such as low academic achievement.

The vice president of administrative services at the American Samoa Community College, Rose Vonne Pato says very few students who sit the college entrance exam meet the entry level requirements and many end up doing developmental courses in English and maths.

"There could be a lot of reasons. But one of the things that they are exiting high school without the necessary college prep skills."

Dr Rose Vonne Pato says she expects delegates at the education summit will address the factors behind poor student achievement.