1 Aug 2012

NZ to fund Samoan school fees

11:27 am on 1 August 2012

New Zealand is to contribute $5 million to Samoan students who attend primary and secondary school.

The programme is for state secondary school students in years 9 - 11, with equivalent contributions to fees at Mission secondary schools.

In the capital, Apia, Prime Minister John Key said high school fees are a barrier for some families and New Zealand's contribution of about $200 per year, to 16,000 pupils, will counter that.

The money will come from NZ Aid and the cost will gradually be picked-up by the Samoan government.

Mr Key is in Samoa to mark 50 years since a Treaty of Friendship was signed between the two countries.