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Kalwin Kephas
Secretary of the Department of Education
FSM National Government
 
Secretary, Department of Education

The Secretary of the Department of Education has the following powers or fucntions: 
 
(1) The Secretary of Education shall have the authority to administer and coordinate the educational system of the Federated States of Micronesia consistent with the National powers set forth in the FSM Constitution to do the following:
 
(a) Promote education by setting minimum standards for educational administration, programs, and facilities;
(b) Coordinate efforts to obtain foreign assistance for the States and to distribute foreign aid for education in an equitable manner which will provide the maximum benefit to the students of the FSM;
(c) Provide technical assistance to the States concerning educational administration, programs, facilities, and training; and
(d) Coordinate efforts which seek to meet the needs of FSM students in the area of post-secondary education, including FSM students at home and abroad, scholarships, and transfers among colleges.
 
(2) The Secretary of Education shall advise the Chairperson of the Board of Regents of the College of Micronesia-FSM in educational matters, to include the following:
 
(a) The educational needs and abilities of student classes or age groups advancing toward post-secondary education;
(b) FSM manpower requirements which might be met through training programs at the College of Micronesia-FSM;
(c) Opportunities and programs to transfer FSM students to specialized programs in other colleges; and
(d) Problems which inhibit efforts to meet FSM manpower needs, such as the causes of failure of students in completing their training or failure in returning to Micronesia after completing their training.
 
(3) The Secretary shall communicate and consult with the members of the State Boards of Education, for the purpose of promoting education, setting minimum standards, providing technical assistance, coordinating educational services, building consensus, and otherwise assisting the Boards of Education in the performance of their duties.

(4) The Secretary shall have the administrative authority to implement the provisions of this title, including the authority to issue reports, prepare a National educational plan, establish temporary committees for periods of up to two years to conduct studies and make recommendations, prepare budgets and administer funds, engage in litigation, issue guidelines and procedures, advance the interest of FSM students living abroad, act upon such other educational matters as may be assigned to the Secretary by the President or by law, and undertake any other educational activities reasonable and necessary to accomplish the purposes of this title and contribute to the well-being of the FSM.

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