American Samoa 1978 .
Prepared by The Office of Samoan Information Pago Pago.
H. Rex Lee(Dem)
Governor of American Samoa

Think Children poster

Think Children poster

There is no mention of E-TV. The report opens with a general statement that outlines the DOE Organization as ‘mandated under Title 18 of the American Samoa Code’ which places public education under the A.S. government and states that it has delegated by law and executive regulations all this to the Department of Education.

More Seniors are capable of doing College Work

The test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores have indicated that seniors in the public school during FY – 78, on the average have excelled their peers who graduated in FY – 77. The average TOEFL score for all public school seniors was 413.95. The TOEFL, which measures the competencies of students whose native language is not English, in using the English Language, is used by many United States colleges and Universities to predict the chances of success of foreign students in college and university studies. The TOEFL is published by Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey.

Looking at the average TOEFL scores of our seniors during the past three years, we have noticed a steady upward trend. This substantial growth in TOEFL scores is responsible for increasing the number o students who, based on TOEFL prediction, could do successful college work. 84 seniors have qualified for the ranks of ‘successful work in college’ as measured by the TOEFL predictor. This represents over 25% of all seniors who took the test.


Further information around the KVZK Educational TV project:

1966- Excerpts from President Johnson’s speech that refer to the TV project – as reported in The Samoa Times, (Special Souvenir Edition)

October 19, 1966:  American Samoa “Symbol and Showcase” -The President

‘You have recognized that education is the tidal force of our century driving all else ahead of it, and I am told that the pilot program of education that you have started may point the way of learning breakthroughs throughout the Pacific Islands and South-East Asia.’

Samoan children are learning twice as fast they once did, and retaining what they learn. Surely from among them one day will come scientists and writers to give their talents to Samoa, to America and to the World.

One requirement for good and universal education is inexpensive and readily available means of teaching children.

Unhappily, the World has only a fraction of the teachers it needs. Samoa has met this problem through educational TV, which was pioneered here by your outstanding Governor, Rex Lee, and a very able director of the U.S. Information Agency, Mr. Leonard Marks.

Everyone now wants to study the job that you have done – UNESCO, the World Bank New Guinea, New Zealand, India and other countries around the world. It is truly a remarkable experiment.

This technique which you are helping now to improve has the power to spread the Light of knowledge like wildfire – to spread it all across the wide areas of our Earth. I want to commend you on the stride you have taken…’

CLIPPER Magazine, January-February 1966, Worldwide Edition, Pacific…the tramway was originally installed to lift equipment for a television transmitter atop Mt. Alava. Today this transmitter beams educational TV programs to elementary and high school throughout American Samoa, efficiently modernizing the entire school system in the quickest way possible. When Lee arrived, the best Samoa teachers had no more than a fifth grade education and the schools were primitive huts scattered around the islands. Now Samoan construction teams are building over two dozen schools of steels, glass, and concrete. In these modern buildings TV teaching is used extensively: lessons prepared by stateside teachers, working with Samoan understudies, are sent to classrooms several days before telecasting; then principals advise their teachers on what to watch for and how to follow up the programs.


First Lady Is Impressed With TV Tutoring in Pago Pago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – After two days of traveling, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson is tired from responding to exuberant, colorful greetings, but excited about what she has seen and what is ahead.

“The most significant thing I’ve seen is that school,” she said today after leaving and educational television school project at Pago Pago, in America Samoa, that has been named in her honor.

“It’s such a potentially impressive new tool for mass education.” The President’s wife said of the pioneering school system where youngsters from kindergarten to high school learn from television programs.



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