24 Dec 2013

Teachers in American Samoa to have to undergo ongoing training

9:39 am on 24 December 2013

The American Samoa Department of Education is embarking on what the director says is a historical move for each teacher to have a profile on data-records.

Speaking over the weekend in Pago Pago during a graduation for some 20 public school teachers, the Education director Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin-Finau says the new graduates getting bachelor and masters degrees will provide their credentials for their profile data.

She says in March next year, some 700 teachers who have never taken the US teachers' test will be asked to do so, and results will be used as part of the profiling of every teacher in the Department of Education.

She says the profiling of close to 1,000 public school teachers within the next few months is a major historical undertaking by the department.

"Don't ever think your degree is a termination of learning. Life is learning, teaching is a job about learning. First the teacher, then the students."

Vaitinasa says by June 2014, every teacher will be engaged in training.