S.Q.A. Chief Executive resigns
The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A), Lemalu Lafi Sanerivi, has resigned.
His resignation was confirmed by a government source.
“The board has approved his resignation letter and it needs to be tabled before Cabinet before further action,” the source said.
“As of today he’s still our C.E.O. until the process is completed.”
The Samoa Observer was told the decision is over health concerns.
In September last year, Cabinet appointment Lemalu to the role.
Lemalu replaced former C.E.O. Fepuleai Sinapi Moli who passed away in New Zealand around April last year.
Loau told the Samoa Observer that Lemalu was among five other applicants shortlisted for the position.
“He is a former teacher and a professional academic,” he said.
“He was one of the people that was responsible in drafting the legislation for the S.Q.A. and is not unfamiliar in the education sector. He has worked in Fiji and has returned to Samoa to work.”
Lemalu was a Senior Educational Assessment Specialists for Accreditation within the Secretariat of the Pacific Board for Educational Assessment (S.P.B.E.A) in Fiji.
He led the development of the Pacific Register of Qualifications and Standards for the fifteen Pacific forum countries.
Lemalu had worked as a Professional Officer for the S.P.B.E.A. Board’s Senior Secondary School Qualifications from 2001 to 2004.
In 2005 – 2008 Lemalu served the S.Q.A. and was responsible for the development of the Samoa Qualifications Framework and its related Quality Assurance systems.
He was a secondary school teacher, college principal and a lecturer at the then Secondary Teachers College currently known as the Faculty of Education under the National University of Samoa.
Lemalu was also a former Assistant Director of Education in charge of Curriculum Development and Examination and Assessment activities with the Education department.