For Year 6 numeracy, 34% of students performed at the satisfactory and expected level with 36% not yet working towards the expected level, with girls doing better than boys.

Significant differences between schools

Students attending private schools are performing better than students attending government schools in both literacy and numeracy, according to the Benchmarking for Education Results (PaBER) report which was published last year. 

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Jet Over Hotel Manager, Ms Donna Stanley with Fereti Avia and Vaela’a Iloa.

Vaela’a takes Jet Over Hotel to Siva Afi Challenge Finals

Last night was Week Seven of Samoa’s inaugural Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge. Jet Over Hotel Fire Knife Dancers Vaela’a Iloa and Fereti Avia brought their talents to another packed house at Ooh La La Ice Cream bar, home of the Ailao Club.

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Raymond Betham dwarfed by his catch.

A monster blue marlin

Day 3 of the Samoa International Game Fishing Competition saw Fr. Raymond Betham reel in a massive Blue Marlin.

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A girl stands on the roof of her house as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro march to the Ramo Verde military prison in Los Teques, outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela.

Venezuelans march to prison to demand freedom for activists

 Hundreds of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro marched to a military prison outside Caracas on Friday to demand the release of Leopoldo Lopez and other jailed activists they consider political prisoners.

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a bilateral meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, unseen, adjacent to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters, Friday, April 28, 2017.

Seoul: N. Korea fails in missile test-fire near its capital

North Korea test-fired a mid-range ballistic missile from the western part of its country Saturday, but the launch apparently failed, South Korea and the United States said Saturday.

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READY: Paddlers and executive committee ready for Tahiti.

Paddlers set to make history for Samoa

After months of training and trials, the National Paddling Team for Samoa is almost finalised. 

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Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders is try bound during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Stormers, held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, on 28th April 2017.

Highlanders beat Stormers 57-14 in Super Rugby

The Highlanders conceded the opening try before scoring nine of their own to overwhelm South Africa's Stormers 57-14 on Friday for their fifth straight win in Super Rugby.

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Street Talk

Learning in schools: Samoan? English or both?

Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani asked the people on the street whether they thought their kids should be taught in Samoan, English or both languages Here are their thoughts:

Mui Ioane 33

Vaitele Fou

Asenati Tupa 42


Moreen Pealua 28


Afega Ali’imalumalu 54

Neiafu Savai’i

Seti Afamasaga 27


Tusitala Titiana 54


Think a Minute

Think a minute.In June, 1969, the countries of Honduras and El Salvador declared war against each other. Until then, these two neighboring nations in Central America had been like close cousins.


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Everyone has a story to tell

It seems that everyone is doing it, writing that is. Just two weeks ago author, Jane Vaafusuaga launched two children’s books at Business Systems Limited, A gift for Ana and the Samoan version, O le meaalofa mo Ana.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Re: It ís stupid, insulting Mr. Commissioner you are doing a great job over there in Samoa, just keep your head up, you will get criticized a lot of times while you’re there because you are doing something great over there, bringing good changes into the Samoa Police Force.

Dear Editor Re: No water, electricity for family living in shack Look world look at me and my problems-- My problems are bigger than your problems

Dear Editor Re: P.M. A Memoir coming soon Tell you the truth I dont put much store in big names and titles


Madonna at the 11th annual Billboard Women in Music honors in New York.

Madonna expresses her displeasure about planned biopic

Madonna isn't happy with a new biopic planned on her pre-fame life.

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Signage inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles.

YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Alphabet's Google

YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.

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