Posted By Staff Reporter
A total of 9,999 school leavers were selected by institutions through the national selection process, reflecting over 90 percent increase in new intakes from the 2015/2016 National Selections (5,235).
In a statement, the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) announced that the 2016/2017 National Selections was successfully completed in December 2016.
Selectors from over 35 recognised institutions of higher and technical education throughout Papua New Guinea participated in the exercise.
“Such magnitude of success, which has not been seen before, is a direct result of various interventions, including the O’Neill-Dion Government’s K300 million infrastructure investment within the higher and technical education sector, recognition and accreditation of new institutions and programs under the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014, and the innovative efforts of respective Higher and Technical Education Institutions,” said the Department.
Admissions into recognised higher and technical education institutions are undertaken solely by the institutions (e.g. universities, technical colleges and business colleges, etc).
“Admission is based on subject combination and minimal GPA specific to each institution and academic program,” reads the statement.
“In general terms, the minimum GPA required for entry into higher and technical education is 1.6 (given the appropriate subject combination). Note however that institutions may also be limited in admission by various constrictions, including the institution’s absorptive capacity.
“DHERST is responsible for facilitating the selections process by organising venue and school leaver forms in collaboration with the Measurement Services Division of the Department of Education.
“School leavers who scored an eligible GPA for admission into a higher and technical education institution but were not officially selected through the National Selections process due to variables stated above, may approach the institution of their choice directly to seek admission as self-sponsored students.
“This means that if admitted, the full tuition fee (including boarding and lodging if necessary) will be met by the school leavers, parents or sponsors,” said the Department.
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