Thursday, July 26, 2018

PNG Schools opt to use Online Application

Almost all secondary schools in the country have chosen to use the newly introduced grade 12 online application system.
According to officials from the Ministry and Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology; 156 of the 174 secondary schools including national high schools are currently in tune with the online application and more schools are yet to register.
The online application system is a new and better way to apply for further studies at any registered university or higher education institutions within PNG. The new system replaces the paper based school leaver application forms (SLF), allowing any grade 12 student who is registered to sit for the Grade 12 national exams to apply online via https://apply.dherst.gov.pg.
For schools that have difficulties, the department will be assisting them but they still can use school leaver forms until they are fully registered.
“We don’t expect all schools to be registered by end of this year but remote schools will be assisted,” Secretary Fr Jan Czuba said.
They brushed aside network coverage issues, especially in remote areas and with 90 per cent (Digice)l coverage in PNG and 90,0000 Facebook users; the system is good to go.
Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister Pila Niningi said the ministry and the department are determined that all schools and or students will use the efficient system and among others, do away with corruption and nepotism in student selections.
“Let’s weed out corruption, let’s compete with rest of the world in by raising standards,” Mr Niningi said.
He is in touch with Information and Communication Minister Sam Basil for any extension of SIM card registration so that the grade 12 online application is not affected.
Mr Niningi explained that for the first time students will be able to see higher school certificate results uploaded online before they apply for any institution.
In the past it was a guess work for the students but this is made easier for students to make more informed choices. The registration opens on August 1 and runs for three months. By December, students will be given approximately one week to check their results, also uploaded online, in order to make amendments to earlier choices.
The benefits of the online system include;
– More choices – Grade 12 school leavers can choose up to five preferred programs. (Previously students had two choices of programs)
– More information- Each program has clear and distinct requirements, preferences and residential options.
– More time to make a decision – The online application is open for three months. It gives students, parents and schools more time to choose the right program and institution.
– Program and exams match – applications will be matched to chosen program’s examination combinations.
– Increased chances for admission through subject combination matching.

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