6 Jan 2005

Marshall Islands school faces loss of federal funds

1:52 pm on 6 January 2005

The College of the Marshall Islands is on the brink of losing its United States accreditation, which could result in it losing millions of dollars in U.S. federal education support.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation review panel meets in San Francisco next week.

The Marshall's Education Minister, Wilfred Kendall, says he's optimistic that support will continue.

Mr Kendall says the association's report was critical of the board and the government, but it also indicated much progress has been made at the college.

The college commission is to decide whether to cancel or maintain accreditation for the Marshall Islands' community college.

The college is now on the last rung of the ratings scale, and was last year was put on the final step before losing accreditation.