The education system is partly linked to what is in New
Zealand. Schooling begins at 5 years and since 1992 is
compulsory until the age of 14. Higher vocational education
is limited and mainly focuses on teacher education. The
National University of Samoa was established in 1988, and in
Samoa is also a agricultural college for tropical
agriculture. Check topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE as well high schools in the country of Samoa.
Literacy is almost total. In 2011, the education budget
corresponds to 11.8% of GDP.
Prime Minister Malielegaoi and his party won the election
in March 2011. The party gained 55.6% of the vote.
In December 2011, the government moved Samoa west of the
date line. The argument was that the country in its trade
with Australia and New Zealand suffered a day offset.
In the March 2016 election, Prime Minister Malielegaois's
party HRPP passed another 6 seats up to 35. It received
57.3% of the vote.
Section 1 of the Constitution was amended in June 2017 to
make Christianity a state religion.