19 May 2006

Samoa government distributes delayed funding to schools

10:13 am on 19 May 2006

The Samoan government has handed out its annual financial assistance of almost one and a half million US dollars to all missions and private schools throughout the country.

It is part of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party's Education policy since it came into power for more than two decades.

The assistance will help private and mission schools to improve teaching facilities and resources.

Prime Minister Tuila'epa Lupesoli'ai Sa'ilele Malielegaoi says the financial assistance was scheduled to be handed out early this year, but his government had decided to wait until after the election.

Mission schools run by main-line churches are getting the highest amount.

Catholic schools received almost half a million US dollars

The Congregational Christian church received more than 176 thousand and schools belonging to the Methodist church have received about 140 thousand

The government has still to deliver funding to the country's pre-schools.