8 Oct 2012

Budget constraints will force CNMI schools to cut English language programme

3:37 pm on 8 October 2012

The failure to restore 45 full time teachers who were supposed to ease the burden on the Public School System for the coming fiscal year in the Northern Marianas, will mean overcrowding and double sessions in many classes.

The Education Commissioner Rita A. Sablan says the budget passed by the Legislature for this school year, which ends in July next year, means that the English as a second language programme, will also be suspended.

The Public School System was allocated just 30 million US dollars under the new budget law passed in July, 3 million short of what the PSS asked for and was "promised" by lawmakers during budget hearings and meetings.