5 Dec 2013

CNMI warned about falling education achievement

2:46 pm on 5 December 2013

The Northern Marianas has been warned about the impact of falling education standards.

An official with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education says compared with most states in the U.S. mainland, the CNMI ranks low in terms of the level of education of its citizens.

Dr. David Longanecker says if this trend continues, the islands will experience an extreme shortage of professionals in the next two years, sapping the CNMI of its economic vitality and global competitiveness.

Non-resident workers, who comprise the majority of the CNMI's workforce, are expected to leave the Commonwealth by the end of 2014, when the transition period to federal immigration ends.