The School Principal of Vailoa Primary School says teachers and parents worked hard during the State of Emergency lockdown period to ensure students did not fall behind the scheduled teaching syllabus.
Responding to questions from Samoa Global News, School Principal Lemafo’e Leituala says the impacts of schools being closed has not affected the teaching syllabus.
“We have not missed any of the syllabus because even though we were closed, teachers continued to come to work and they worked closely with parents who would pick up and drop off students’ work”.
“E ui lava sa tapunia aoga ae le’i malolo ai faiaoga o la matou aoga i le taumafaiga e valaau atu i matua e omai e tuu atu iai meaaoga a le fanau”.
Mrs Leituala said teachers spent time to explain the exercises to parents as they came in, and at times, she says with a smile, students would come in one by one to seek clarification, when they did not understand the explanation given by their parents.
“Sa faamalamalama i matua, ae sa iai fo’i nisi o fanau na o’o mai lava ona ua le malamalama nai matua i meaaoga ia sa tuuina atu, ae le’i faapea na toloa ai la matou silapasi.”
The School Principal said the Ministry of Education (MESC) had prepared a special COVID-19 file of activities which was followed closely during lockdown.
The process gave students three days to complete handouts and as they were returned, teachers would mark student work and issue more handouts.
“This minimised the impacts on students and avoid them from falling behind.
“This was done for all subjects in the Primary School syllabus. So now that we are back, it has been easy to continue on without difficulty”.
“O le a maua fo’i molimau aua o lea e talia le Ofisa o Aoga, aua e iai a matou faila faapitoa mo le KOVITI-19 sa matou saunia, o loo iai uma lava a matou activities ia sa ave i tua. O le taimi la lenei ua toe sosoo atu lava le silapasi, ma ua leai se faigata o lea tulaga.”