Independent Schools in Samoa
- Independent Schools
Primary female – male ratio: 0.98:1 (2009)
Secondary female – male ratio: 1.13:1 (2009)
Primary pupil – teacher ratio: 32:1 (2009)
Secondary pupil – teacher ratio: 21:1 (2009)
There are ten years of compulsory education starting at age five. The government began to introduce free education in 2009. As well as state schools, there are several faith schools. The school year starts in February.
There are three types of schools in Samoa: government, Christian mission and private. Private schools make up just 3% of all education providers. In 2010 there were seven private schools, one private combined with primary and one secondary school. Private primary and secondary schools such as Robert Louis Stevenson School in Apia provide a wider range of educational opportunities than the state-run and mission run schools in Samoa.