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Vaipouli College to shut

Vaipouli College to shut The government’s only boarding school in Savai’i, Vaipouli College, will soon be but a memory as government moves to gradually shut it down. Education Minister, Magele Mauiliu Magele told Parliament yesterday that the Ministry has made the decision to close the school after nearly 50 years of operation.

According to Magele, the closure is in line with a Ministry policy to ensure students do not have to travel and live way from home to get education. “It has been accepted and proven that students who lived at home and go to school have better grades than those who do not,” Parliament was told.

He said that if students live at home while studying they get “better counsel and support from parents as well as church leaders” than they would if they we

re at a boarding school or even staying with relatives away from their villages and districts. Magele went on to say the college hostel would close next year.

He said most districts now have “established colleges so students do not have to live away from home.”
The Minister also said the current teacher shortage at government schools is expected to be alleviated in three years time.

He told the House that the main reason for the shortage was through the implementation of a ministry policy to reduce the teacher/student ratio “to allow for better quality of delivery of the service”. The policy would mean that teachers at primary schools would end up teaching no more than 30 students in a class.

As well, secondary school teachers would be expected to teach classes of no more than 20 students.
Magele said a total of 66 new primary teachers are graduating this week along with 43 new college teachers “which means we are closing in on our target”.

He also said that the Ministry continues to exercise Public Service Commission policy of allowing retired teachers to continue teaching “as long as they present a clean bill of health.”

 

 

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