Governance in Samoa
- Governance Agencies
- Policy and Plans
The Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture is the government ministry in charge of the education sector. It aims for a quality holistic education system that recognizes and realizes the spiritual, cultural, intellectual and physical potential of all participants, enabling them to make fulfilling life choices. The Curriculum Materials and Assessment Division is the most prominent part of the ministry. The Samoa Qualifications Authority a statutory body regulates post-secondary education. The National Council for Early Childhood Education a quasi-NGO regulates preschool education.
Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture
Tel: +685 21 911
Minister: Magele Mauiliu
CEO: Matafeo Falanaípupu Tanielu Aiafi
Public spending on education was 3.6 per cent of GDP in 2011.
The long-term goal of the Ministry of Finance’s development plan is an ‘improved quality of life for all’. The medium-term national development plan, the Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2012-16, was published in July 2012 after an extensive stakeholder consultation and review of the 2008-12 strategy. It sets out sectoral priority areas and strategies.
The National Curriculum Council was set up in 2004 and the National Curriculum Policy Framework was launched in 2006, providing for broad and balanced education in Years 1-11 (primary and junior secondary) and some specialisation in Years 12-13 (senior secondary), including some vocational and technical subjects such as agriculture, design technology and computer studies. The new primary school curriculum and related resource materials encourage active, child-centred learning and the strengthening of teaching skills and assessment techniques, consistent with the Samoan-English bilingual education policy.
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