The prime minister of Samoa is calling on the Ministry of Education to clamp down on abusive teachers.
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi's call follows the death of an eight year-old girl allegedly assaulted by her teacher.
A 25 year-old female has been charged with the child's assault, but police say she could face more serious charges after a post mortem is carried next week.
Tuila'epa says the tragedy has brought the teaching profession under close public scrutiny.
He says he is sure the smacking children was never taught at any teachers college.
Tuila'epa says school committees, principals and Parents and Teachers Associations should be extra watchful in monitoring how teachers are administer classes, conduct themselves and punish students.
The prime minister also says it is a reminder for the Ministry of Education to be vigilant in the monitoring of teacher's performance.