Early in fiscal year 1970, after an executive and legislative study of several proposals, the University of Hawaii was chosen as educational consultant to American Samoa. An educational task force carried out an extensive survey of all aspects of the educational system.
On the basis of the team’s recommendations, changes in teacher recruiting, in service teacher training, teaching techniques and a de-emphasis on the use of television as a teaching tool at the secondary level were programmed for the fall, 1970 school year.
Plans were also made to start American Samoa’s first Community College and, after an absence of seven years, to reinstate vocational training in the four high schools.
Special emphasis was placed on the Early Childhood Education program to provide for approximately 2,200 preschool children between the ages of three and five.
Early childhood developed two separate, but complementary programs. One is televised and directed to the homes and families of the children, while the other is a love, village-centered “in-school” for the children.
The televised “Talofa Tamaiti” or “Hello Children”, started in Fiscal Year 1969, was developed into a continuing program shown twice daily each weekday. It is conducted by a native Samoan in the Samoan language. The content deals with factors of Samoan life.
…Educational television continued to be used as a major tool in the elementary and secondary grades but the system came under greater scrutiny than ever as to its effectiveness. Studies indicated that much was needed to supplement ETV and plans were made for an expanded program of conventional classroom teaching, especially in the high schools and in the field of English. (Haydon, 1970: pg 20).