23 Oct 2013

Call for Samoan language revival in American Samoa

4:51 pm on 23 October 2013

Samoa's Head of State says the Samoan language should be revived in classrooms as part of American Samoa's review of its education system.

Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi has been speaking at the three-day Education Summit in Pago Pago to discuss a range of issues faced by the education system such as low academic achievement.

As keynote speaker, he said the Samoan language and culture should be an important part of a school's curriculum.

Other issues being discussed at the summit are the history of education in the territory, a college readiness plan, and parent and community participation in education.

Statistics show 70 percent of students perform below the national average, and 80 to 90 percent of high school graduates must take remedial courses at the American Samoa Community College before they can take college level courses.