Classes taught in Samoan rile some in American Samoa

A dispute in American Samoa between the Education Department and a senator is causing confusion over the language of instruction in the country's schools.

The senator Galeai Tuufuli says he has advised the department to seek a law change if the Samoan language is to be used in school instruction.

At the moment English is the formal language of instruction and Samoan can be used for clarification.

There have been claims in parliament some classes are being taught in Samoan.

The government established two committees earlier this year in a bid to establish dual language teaching in American Samoan schools.