Samoa’s old prison reopened as St Paul’s Academy

The old prison watchtower remains at the new St Paul's Academy Photo: RNZ Pacific / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Samoa’s old Tafaigata prison has been officially reopened as a school for nearly 400 students.

The Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, also announced the publicly named school would be called St Paul Academy.

The new government education investment included a primary and a pre-school with a college to be opened sometime next year.

It is next to the block of government land where a new police academy will be constructed.

The Tafaigata prison was closed down last year and facilities moved to the new multimillion dollar Tanumalala high security prison.

The old prison cells were still in the compound with the one used to house women inmates now painted and refurbished.

Prison staff accommodation was now being used for the pre-school.

 

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