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Prose Selection
from Spoken Marshallese

Jikuuḷ ilo Ṃajeḷ. - Schools in the Marshalls. [SM14]

Ewōr juon aijikuuḷ kab jejjo jikuuḷ jiddik ilo aelōñ in Ṃajeḷ. Enañin aolep jikuuḷ kein an kien bōtab ebar wōr an Katlik im Būrotijen. Ewōr emān an Būrotijen jikuuḷ kab ruo an Katlik. Elōñ ri-kaki in pālle ilo jikuuḷ kein rōḷḷap ak enañin aolep jikuuḷ ko rōddik ilo aelōñ ko ilikin ri-Ṃajeḷ wōt rej ri-kaki. Bok, pinjeḷ, im ṃweiien jikuuḷ ko jet, reiiet wōt. Kōn men in jerbal in ri-kaki ilo aelōñ ko ilikin ej juon jerbal epen im ebōk iien.
There is one high school—and a few lower schools—in the Marshall Islands [as of 1965]. Most of these schools are public schools, but there are also Catholic and Protestant schools [as of 1965]. Four of the schools are Protestant and two Catholic [as of 1965]. There are a number of Western teachers in the larger schools, but almost all of the small outer-island schools have only Marshallese teachers. Books, pencils, and other school supplies are in short supply. For this reason, the job of the teacher in outer-island schools is demanding and time consuming.