Japan Hands Over Auala Primary School

The Government of Japan continues to uphold its commitment to upgrade basic educational facilities at grass-roots level across Samoa.

Auala Primary School and its community in Savaii concluded their academic calendar for this year with the official handover ceremony of their newly constructed eight new classrooms, a staff room and a library funded by Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP).

Manumalo Baptist Principal Defends  School Graduation a ree3

The Manumalo Baptist Primary School and Kindergarten has defended the holding of the end of year school graduation yesterday, despite the threat of the measles epidemic.

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, MESC, called on all schools, public and private, to hold off from having students graduations for health protections.

The Leone village based primary school went ahead with theirs.

Schools Made To Take Early Holiday Break

Schools are to close off early for the long, end of year holiday break, to protect against the spread of the measles epidemic, now into its third week.

The Minister of Education, Loau Keneti Sio, confirmed a Cabinet decision this week to close down all schools, as soon as important end of year exams are completed.

“We are bringing forward the normal school break from the 13th of December to this month starting with all pre-schools in the country closing today,  this Friday,” Loau disclosed.

Upskilling For Women In Risk Reduction In Disaster

Two women from Samoa will be travelling to Japan this week  to attend the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Women's Leadership Disaster Risk Reduction DRR training in Japan.

TemukisaTuai'mau from Faataua Le Loa (FLO) and Ministry of Works Technology and Infrastructure (MWTI) Planning and Urban Management Agency (PUMA) representative, Alataua Ah Sam will participate with members from 14 other nations that have experienced tsunami disasters.

Free School Classrooms Take Up Most Of Japan’s Grant Scheme 

By Staff Writer

  Free classrooms either built or still under construction are taking up most of   Japan’s Grant Scheme that has forked out so far $34m tala.

Other school projects like buying school buses, make up 57% or $20.5m tala of the funding paid out so far.

The Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme started in 1991.

Primary School students sit SPECA exam

Students in more than 200 Primary Schools are currently sitting a certificate level end of year exams set by the Ministry of Education of Sports and Culture (MESC) this week.

The exam is for a total of more than 12,000 students in Year 2, 4 and 8.

Today, the exam wraps up for all levels with Social Studies and Social Science subjects to be taken by Year 8 students for their two remaining SPECA subjects.

Additional Learning Spaces For Vaiusu Primary School

The school children at Vaiusu Primary School now have more space for learning with the addition of two spacious class rooms which were dedicated last Friday.

Part of this project included a new office for the school principal.

School principal Levaopolo Natanielu Paoa said that the additional classrooms meant that Year 7 and Year 8 classes now have proper classrooms which  they could study in without distraction and to keep their school materials.

Schools In High Alert Over Measles Outbreak

Schools are being kept on high alert since the Ministry of Health official announcement this week of a measles outbreak in the country.

Education Minister, Loau Keneti Sio, assured strict classroom watch by principles and teachers for any student who may show symptoms of the contagious disease.

“We’ve had no report so far of any cases in schools but firm instructions are in place for students showings any signs of the measles, to be removed from the classroom immediately,” Loau declared.

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