11.30pm Saturday 27 November 2021. Samoa College School Principal Ms Karene Faasisila has issued the list of 190 students who have been offered a place for the Year 9 intake of 2022.
The 190 successful students from 43 primary schools across Samoa have been selected by the results of two examinations – a two-hour English and a two-hour Mathematics test. There were 933 students from 121 schools who took the tests last Wednesday 25th November 2021.
The papers were marked by ten Samoa College teachers who teach English and Mathematics. They have spent long hours marking since Wednesday – and worked late throughout the weekend to mark the 933 papers. Having completed the marking, the results were then issued late on Saturday night.
Analysis by School
Apia Primary School tops the number of students offered a place with 33 followed by Samoa Primary with 29. Peace Chapel has is the third highest with 18 places while Vaivase Primary School has been offered places for 17 students.
Robert Louis Stevenson Primary School is offered 12 places and Vaimea Primary School has secured 9 places. Falefitu and Moataa were both offered 5 places each, while Manumalo Baptist, Vailima Primary and Vaimoso Primary School got 4 places each.
Schools with 3 passes each include Tanugamanono, SDA Lalovaea, Saina & Toamua, Vaiala Beach and Vailele Primary School.
Nine schools registered two students each: Ah Mu Academy, Laulii, Lepea, Pesega Middle School, St Joan of Arc Leulumoega, St Peters Channel, Vaigaga, Vaitele-Uta, and Vaiusu primary schools.
A total of 17 schools have single student offers – Devine Mercy, Falefa, Malie, Moamoa Tauoo, Matautu Lefaga, Mulifanua, Palauli, Safaatoa Lefaga, Saleimoa, Savaia Lefaga, Solosolo, St Mary’s Savalalo, St Paul’s Academy, Vailoa, Vaiola Middle School, Faleula and Leulumoega-Tai.
190 places means only 20% of the 933 students who wanted to attend one of Samoa’s most prestigious high schools, were able to secure a place. Last year, 804 students sat the entrance exams and the school was able to offer 182 places.
Ms Faasisila says she sympathises with the students, especially the thousands of parents and families seen at Samoa College last Wednesday as they waited in tapuaiga for their sons and daughters, however, they only have the capacity to offer five Year 9 classes, and they try to keep the number in each class at around 35.
Many more schools across Savaii and Upolu including primary schools from Manono and Apolima had registered students amongst the 933 who sat, but were not successful with a placing.
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