SAMOA TEACHERS LEAVE BECAUSE OF POOR SALARIES

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APIA, Samoa (June 23, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Secondary school teachers in Samoa are leaving government schools in growing numbers because of poor salaries.

An official in the Department of Education, Miriama Peseta, says the government has to respond positively to the situation or face serious problems recruiting teachers for the country's 9,000 students.

Peseta believes teachers are the most poorly paid professionals in the public sector.

While principals at government secondary schools earn just $US 7,000 per year, qualified first year teachers at private tertiary schools are paid a base rate of over $US 9,000 per year.

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