7 Feb 2008

CNMI students struggle with English tests

3:22 pm on 7 February 2008

Up to 90 percent of graduating high school students have failed the Northern Marianas College's English placement test.

This has been revealed by the College President Carmen Fernandez at a House hearing.

Ms Fernandez said the college requires a placement test for every student who wants to attend and the results show that between 80-90 percent of them failed the test.

She says many local students face tough obstacles as they graduate from high school, including limited financial resources, insufficient information about educational options, and a lack of academic preparation for college-level courses.

She says the College is working with federal agencies to secure grants that will help address the problem.