Samoa should have free education

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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Anita Ta’ateo from Mulivai Safata.

Anita Ta’ateo from Mulivai Safata. (Photo: Ilia L Likou)

Life is quite hard to our children because we don’t have free education in both primary and secondary schools.

This is what 64 year old, Anita Ta’ateo from Mulivai Safata says.

“We all know that education is the key to success and if we could only have free compulsory education to secondary level then we will not see our kids on the streets every day,” Anita said.

“What I mean is that many children finish school after primary level, because it is free, but when it comes to secondary schools, that’s when they drop out of school because their parents can’t afford to pay for their school fees.

“It’s a must, the growing numbers of children are on the streets and I know most of them finished their education in primary level.

“The government should look into this.

“If we want a better country, better leaders in the future then we should have free education in both primary and secondary levels.

“Personally speaking, all education, primary, secondary, should be free to all people and paid for by the government.

She went on to say that further education is beyond a person’s responsibility.

“The government’s step of making the education free will set an example in our society and the future generation of tomorrow.

“It will show that if you have a strong will and determination to study and prosper, not having any money or resources will not stop you from making it to another level.

“Education is an important part of everyone’s life and it plays a very important role in the growth of an individual especially our children.

“We all know that making education free for everyone will be a very big step towards the rapid growth of a society. 

“We also know that all parents want to make their children educated by sending them to school, and on to colleges but sometimes due to the lack of resources, financial problems they have to deprive their children even from that basic education. 

 “As I’ve mentioned, making education free for all will ensure that nobody will miss out on education just because they can’t afford to pay.

“We will also  identify all those talents of many of our children that can get lost because their parents can’t afford to pay for schools. 

“In doing so, everyone will stand an equal chance to succeed and it will increase the literacy rate of our country and improve growth as well. “

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