A leading Samoan education official says the country is divided over a new law banning corporal punishment in schools.
Teachers can now face hefty fines or imprisonment if they physically punish pupils.
The Chief Executive of Samoa's Education Ministry, Matafeo Falana'ipupu Tanielu Aiafi, says schools have changed their approach to discipline accordingly.
But he told Pacific Beat the legislation has generated heated debate in the broader community.
"Some parents say we should still smack children in the traditional way that we were in school in the past," he said.