Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Resolutions for SPEI and LP Plan Adoption

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): May 8, 1998 - President Jacob Nena, on May 5th, transmitted to Congress Speaker Jack Fritz for resolutions adopting the FSM Strategic Plan for Educational Improvement (SPEI) and the FSM Language Policy (LP). Along with the resolutions were information on the two proposed resolutions.

Nena told Speaker Jack Fritz that the SPEI plan attempts to respond to questions such as: why has education not significantly improved over the past 15 to 20 years? what has been the barriers to improvement? Where have successes occurred and why?

The FSM SPEI development is as complex task given the logistic and geographical and social diversities of the FSM requiring an extensive research efforts involved.

The FSM Language Policy, Nena said resulted from a genuine concern over the impacts of changes on languages and cultures. There is a strong need to offer the children population in the FSM the communication and thinking skills to prepare them to compete competently the regional and worldwide economic realm.

Thus, the LP targets the goal for a child to competently speaks and writes in one indigenous Micronesian language plus English. The children should be given the opportunity and urged to learn a Micronesian language other than their first language which will in-turn promote development unity.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356