Reports from the Marshall Islands say only two high school students out of nearly 600 have scored high enough in mathematics to directly enter courses at the College of the Marshall Islands.
The number was significantly down from the previous year and confirms the ongoing challenge Marshall Islands grade school students have with maths.
Students performed better in English according to results released on Friday.
But the college highlighted that many more students tested at higher development levels this year.
This meant they were likely to spend less time in remedial courses before being able to take credit level classes at the Majuro-based post-secondary institution.