House agrees to allow PSS to hire foreign nationals


The House of Representatives passed legislation last Tuesday that would allow the Public School System to hire foreign nationals.

In their session at the Tinian courthouse, the House passed Tinian Rep. Edwin Aldan’s (R-Tinian) House Bill 20-130, a bill that allows the PSS to hire foreigners for teaching specialized subjects such as science, technology, engineering, and math, and special education services.

An amendment makes hiring foreign nationals the last option for PSS.

According to Rep. Angel A. Demapan, (R-Saipan), the bill was amended to make sure that PSS exhausts all efforts prior to hiring foreign nationals. He said the provision urges PSS to hire locally first.

“I believe this is an important provision so that the legislation does not preempt the hiring of qualified U.S.-eligible workers if and when available,” he said.

The bill emphasized that foreign nationals may only be hired if they meet the requirements set by the Board of Education.

The bill was introduced in October 2017, and now heads to the Senate for review and action.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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