22 Jan 2014

Samoa government to fund teachers for sexually abused children

4:26 pm on 22 January 2014

The Samoan government has decided to go back to its original plan and provide teachers for a school specialising in educating sexually abused children.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says when a Samoa Victim Support Group school for 40 sexually abused children was opened last year, the Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi promised to fund specialised teachers.

But Autagavaia says late last year, the government said its initial offer could not be met because the school was not properly registered.

"The Ministry of Education said that they can't provide paid teachers for this special school because they are not registered. Now, it's the turn-around of that and the government is saying no, we're still providing teachers for those abused children."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the Australian Good Samaritan which provided funding for the school pulled out because it had no government support.

But he says that person has today restored funding for the school.

The reasons for the turnaround are not known.