Students of the Mindszenty High School are building a clawbot, a robot that has a claw, in their robotics class last Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (Photo by Rhealyn C. Pojas)

Students of robotics class in Mindszenty High School assembled a robot (File Photo).

More than fifty individuals are currently enrolled under the Palau Adult Education Program (PAEP), a federally funded government service aimed at providing education to out of school youth.

Education Minister Sinton Soalablai, during a press conference on Wednesday, said that the Ministry of Education (MOE) is still in the process of tracking the number of youths who are currently out of school.

The MOE currently records 52 school dropouts that are now availing the adult education program. Most of these students are from Koror with 23 students while there are nine from Aimeliik, four from Ngarchelong, and seven from Angaur. Nine adults currently detained at the correctional facility are also among the beneficiaries of the program.

Through PAEP, a residence in Palau who is at least 18 years old and has dropped out of school for at least a year is eligible to free education supported by the US Federal government.

US Citizens are also covered by the program including non-Palauan and non-US citizens who have proof of at least one-year residency in Palau.

Individuals eligible to the program will go through an assessment-based test whose results will be forwarded to the United States for assessment and recommendations.

The results of the assessment test will determine the level of education that shall be pursued by the individual to earn a high school diploma.

Since 2015, a total of 40 individuals had already completed the program and had received a high school diploma.

Those who are interested to avail of the program can contact the MOE through (680) 488-5452 or 488-2811 ext. 230 or 291. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)