The first group of Samoan teachers hired by American Samoa in a bid to improve its education system have arrived in Pago Pago.
The American Samoa Education Department Director, Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says the 25 qualified teachers were selected from more than 100 applicants, and will teach in American Samoa for the next two years.
Vaitinasa says hiring qualified teachers from Samoa is part of the department's initiative to place highly qualified people in the hard-to-fill areas of maths, science and english.
An orientation training for the teachers from Samoa will be conducted before they report to their schools this week.
Vaitinasa says it is likely more teachers from Samoa will be recruited to fill the continuous shortage of teachers.