11 Dec 2012

CNMI budget cuts affect student services

2:59 pm on 11 December 2012

A budget cut for public schools in Northern Marianas sees austerity measures reducing student services.

The Education Commission allocated only one million US dollars for the operating costs of 19 campuses within the public school system.

Our correspondent Mark Rabago says running costs are rising, despite fewer enrollments:

"Aside from having to cope with the budget there are other expenses that have risen for the public school system, including utilities which have doubled or tripled in the last couple of years. A couple of months ago, the public school system also cut down on their electricity costs to save money by only allowing the schools to operate air conditioning units on certain times of the day."

Our correspondent in the Northern Marianas, Mark Rabago.