The Ministry of Education in Marshall Islands is planning a new programme to boost the academic skills of those who were previously directed towards vocational training.
The Ministry has reviewed its vocational training and found that it was a waste of time and money to concentrate on practical training if students do not have basic academic skills.
The Ministry wants to set up a National Vocational Training Institute that will focus in improving reading, writing, maths and computer skills.
It wants to focus on three groups of Marshallese: those who did not pass the eighth grade high school entrance tests, those who dropped out of high school and those who did secure finished school, but want to continue pursuing their education.
The new programme is expected to be in place by the 2004-2005 academic year.