13 Jan 2017

Education reform task force set up in American Samoa

8:36 am on 13 January 2017

A task force has been set up in American Samoa to review the public school system and recommend changes to improve it.

Lolo Matalasi Moliga at his State of the Territory address.

Lolo Matalasi Moliga at his State of the Territory address. Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller

The task force on the future of education in American Samoa was set up by the territory's Governor Lolo Moliga.

Governor Lolo said graduating high school seniors don't have adequate skills in core subject areas hindering them from moving on to higher levels of education or joining the workforce.

The governor, whose background is in education, said this was a long standing and systemic problem affecting all grade levels, which has not been effectively addressed for decades.

The task force will also be comparing governance models of school systems serving communities of comparable size to American Samoa, identifying potential sources of funding for vocational education programs and recommending statutory changes in the governance structure of the Department of Education and the local community college.

It has been given 90 days to conclude its work.

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