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Principals in the dark

By Marieta Heidi Ilalio

Principals in the dark The principals of two of the three colleges involved in the plan by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture to be made into District Colleges are in the dark about the matter.  Avele College Principal, Luafalealo Mikaele Tofete when approached yesterday said he was unaware of such plans.

He declined to comment on the issue as a result but said, “please, I’ve only known about it when I read it in the paper (Samoa Observer)”. Principal of Samoa College, Reupena Rimoni said he was not prepared to comment on a matter he knew nothing about.

“The Tautua Party came here for my view on the issue raised by the Minister of Education, and I told them it was news to me, and that they were aware of the matter yet I knew nothi

ng about it,” Mr Rimoni said.

He said the matter might only have been discussed on the top level of the Ministry but “in our level we haven’t been informed”.
The plan was revealed by Minister of Education, Magele Mauiliu Magele during a recent interview with the Samoa Observer.

He said the change is a reflection of the progress shown by many district colleges which have grown in leaps and bounds in terms of academic achievements during the past few years. “It’s been shown from the results that students attending colleges in the rural areas have improved and pupils have performed well,” he said.

But the move was rubbished by Tautua Samoa Party. Tautua Whip, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi said Samoa is not ready for this move.
“Many of these reforms are adopted from countries such as New Zealand and Australia but they are not necessarily appropriate or suitable for Samoa,” Leala said.

“Last year, Samoa College only had one Mathematics teacher for half of the year. So how can the Government manage to give good quality education on a national level when it cannot give it to the top school?”

Leala believes that the Minister should address more pressing issues such as teacher shortages and a review of their salaries.
Magele could not be reached yesterday for a comment.

 

 

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