12 May 2014

American Samoan teachers still being tested

2:14 pm on 12 May 2014

Another 100 public school teachers in American Samoa will sit a certification test next month as part of a reform of the education system.

Teachers need to pass the test on reading comprehension, writing and basic maths, called Praxis I, to be able to continue teaching.

It is part of the Education Department's plan to have all teachers hold a Bachelor of Education by 2016.

The director of education, Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau, says the department is still waiting for the results of 500 teachers who took the test in March.

She says the department needs to have all the test results back before an official public statement is issued regarding the results.

Meanwhile, she says teachers will be taking courses over the next two months to improve their skills.