Senator eyes diplomas for WWII-affected seniors


A Rota senator is pushing for honorary high school diplomas to be given to both current and former CNMI residents whose high school education was interrupted by World War II.

An unnumbered bill that Sen. Teresita Santos (Ind-Rota) has introduced seeks to honor current senior citizens whose schooling was interrupted by World War II to be given honorary high school diplomas.

“…Many of our current or former residents of the Commonwealth were unable to complete their education during World War II because many needed to work and rebuild their homes and lives or assist in the care of family members,” the legislation noted.

The bill, if enacted, will insert a new provision in Commonwealth law that authorizes the Public School System to award an honorary high school diploma to any current or former resident of the CNMI. This diploma can also be awarded posthumously.

To be eligible to receive the diploma, a current or former resident of the CNMI should not have previously received a high school diploma; resided in the CNMI from December 1941 to September 1945; would have been eligible to attend school but had his or her education interrupted by the war; and those who did not continue their education after World War II in order to work and rebuild their homes and lives.

The bill further authorizes PSS and the respective mayor’s offices to work to implement it.

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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