9 Mar 2009

Inter-School Sports competition to resume in Samoa this year after previous violence

12:02 pm on 9 March 2009

The Samoa government has given the green light for the country's

Inter-School Sports competition to be continued this year after it was stopped last year.

The ban follows school violence which left a school girl with burns after a petrol bomb was used.

The decision to lift the ban was endorsed in a cabinet meeting

after a report by the Ministry of Sports and Culture.

It recommended the competition be held to highlight local talent and encourage healthy active lifestyles among young people of Samoa.

However the approval by cabinet has come with a number of recommendations.

They include instructions to all school committees to reinforce the role of parents and caregivers in the development of their children's educational and sporting endeavors and in providing moral guidance, tolerance and discipline.

However, all tertiary schools in the country such as the Catholic church's Don Bosco and Methodist Puna'oa Institutes are banned from the school sports competition.

Several Don Bosco students are facing a number of criminal charges in court as a result of last year's school violence.