28 Oct 2013

Teachers in American Samoa to get English and Samoan proficiency

2:46 pm on 28 October 2013

Teachers in American Samoa may need to know both Samoan and English according to a proposed resolution from the Governor's Education Summit.

To improve teacher quality, it is proposed that a more culturally and linguistically responsive teacher training programme be re-emphasised.

The proposal goes on to demand high standards for Samoan and English language proficiency, and that these skills be a requisite for all teachers.

The proposal says the changes should be in force by 2016.

At the closing of the three-day summit, Lieutenant Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga said he sees the dual language proposal a positive move for students.