14 Mar 2003

Marshall Islands may get cuts in US education funding

4:33 pm on 14 March 2003

The Marshall Islands is facing the likely cut off of major United States federally funding education programmes in six months.

The country's Compact negotiator, Robert Muller, says the Marshalls could lose 1.8 million US dollars provided to fund special education, bilingual language and other programmes.

He says the funding cuts have not yet been approved by Congress but a report is recommending they take effect from October the 1st.

Mr Muller says the Marshalls has agreed that eventually core health and education programmes should be funded increasingly from Compact and domestic revenues, but this cannot happen overnight.

He says it would be a tall order in the near term for the Government to take over total budget support for these programs.