25 Aug 2004

American Seante asked to probe education department

3:36 pm on 25 August 2004

American Samoa's Senate Select Investigative Committee is to be asked to look into alleged discrepancies involving the Department of Education and its director, Dr. Lui Tuitele.

The Committee chairman, Senator Lualemaga Faoa, says the committee has not yet received a request in writing but members are looking forward to it and will set hearings to review the matter.

The local newspaper the Samoa News reports that part of a letter signed by about 40 educators deals with a dispute between Dr. Tuitele and a high school principal, removed from her post earlier this week without any reason being given.

The newspaper says the principal ignored Dr. Tuitele's instruction to hire a certain individual, who is a relative of the director, as football high school coach.

The principal, Ane Tofili, hired someone else who she believed was more qualified for the post.

Mrs Tofili has filed a letter of grievance with a government board that reviews such matters.