20 Jan 2014

American Samoa education director begins Samoan recruitment drive

4:17 pm on 20 January 2014

American Samoa's Director of Education, Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin, is in Samoa this week to start a search for highly qualified teachers to work in the US territory.

30 teachers are urgently needed to begin in September, but according to Mrs Hunkin's deputy, that number can be increased to 60.

The deputy director, Faauifono Vaitautolu, says the recruitment process was stopped in 2004 when American Samoa hired qualified teachers from India and the United States, but was restarted this year.

Samoa is also facing a shortage of teachers in both government and mission schools, but the American Samoan team is still holding high hopes that its need will be met by interested teachers in Samoa.