22 Jun 2006

American Samoan students taught in deplorable conditions - says special needs teacher

8:34 am on 22 June 2006

A special needs teacher in American Samoa says students are taught in deplorable and unhygienic conditions and are getting inadequate services.

Special Education teacher Sevelu Liu told the American Samoa Tribune that their

classroom is infested with rats.

He says cupboards where blankets, pillows, diapers and wipes used by the students are kept do not have any doors so the rats go in and out.

Mr Liu, who is blind in one eye and has about 20 percent vision in the other, says the supplies are used during the day by four severely disabled students in his class.

He says one of the two air conditioners in his classroom does not work and floor tiles have come loose.

He says the bathroom is in deplorable condition and not fit for young children with special needs.

Mr Liu says he still waiting for the Special Education Division to fix the cupboards.