18 May 2011

Samoa National University looks at capping student numbers

8:22 pm on 18 May 2011

The National University of Samoa says it's considering capping student numbers because it does not have the facilities to cope with an increasing intake.

The University's Vice-Chancellor says the increasing population and growing access to education in rural areas have fuelled the demand for university places.

Professor Le'apai Asofou So'o says any cap would probably not be introduced for at least two years, but the current student population of more than 3000 is already over capacity.

"I've asked the librarians to make sure the students are not in the library too long so that there's space for other students to come in and have their read of the books and what they might want to do in the library. And in the lecture theatres, a huge class of like 150 students, 200 students, instead of one class, we break up the class into two or three sessions."

Professor Le'apai Asofou So'o says the university asks for more funding from government every year but there is no money for capital development.