23 Sep 2013
- By Junhan B. Todeno - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
DISTANCE learning is now possible in the Northern Islands with the completion of the monitoring equipment installed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Development Center, according to Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council member Diego Kaipat, a former resident of Pagan.
He said they are now connected to the internet on the volcanic island.
“I think the Public School System should consider this wireless capability in the Northern Islands,” he added.
He said the resettlement and redevelopment plan of the Northern Islands mayor’s office will also benefit from the installation of permanent volcano-hazard-monitoring equipment and seismic and infrasound arrays.
In a separate interview, Board of Education Chairman Herman T. Guerrero said they appreciate the assistance provided by the U.S. military to upgrade technology, especially communications, in the Northern Islands.
“We will ask the military to further help us with technology as part of their contributions to the community,” he said.
In an earlier discussion with Gov. Eloy S. Inos, Guerrero said he asked the governor to involve the Public School System in the plan to establish an agriculture and tourism industry in the Northern Islands.
He said PSS must address the need for education when the islands are resettled and this will involve sending teachers to the CNMI’s “northern frontier.”
For his part, Kaipat said there may be no need to send teachers to the Northern Islands if PSS employs its distance-learning program which involves providing school children with computers.