14 Oct 2015

American Samoa looks to Samoa to fill teaching positions

2:06 pm on 14 October 2015

American Samoa is looking to partner with the National University of Samoa in an effort to increase the number of public high school teachers with degrees in areas like maths, science, and English.

According to the American Samoa education department, about 90 teachers in secondary education are teaching outside their degree specialisation.

The director of education, Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin-Finau, says they are looking at hybrid classes, such as those already set up with the University of Hawaii, where the teacher sets up the class, and then everything is done online.

Vaitinasa met the Samoa government and Nationa University of Samoa officials earlier this month to discuss the possible partnership.

"We're talking about a good hundred teachers that we want to start with. Overall, in terms of our trip, we were received very positively, they were very happy to listen to our proposition of a possibility of a partnership and we really look forward to it."

Vaitinasa says if a partnership is agreed to, they are looking at implementing the programme by next year.