The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) is responsible for the school Grade 12 leavers selections for PNG Universities.
The higher education department conducts the quality checks, works in collaboration with the universities and finalises the acceptance listing of students.
The department also facilitates the PNG govt’s TESAS awards for the new intakes (the Grade 12 school leavers) to each university in the country. DHERST coordinates the school leavers’ selection, electronically, in two parts.
DHERST Selection list 2021: School Leavers NOAS Vs NOSS
- First, DHERST captures the Grade 12 students for universities and tertiary institutions through the National Online Applications Selection (NOAS).
- Then, the higher education department does the Grade 12 School Leavers selection through the National Online Selection System (NOSS) whereby students are selected for tertiary education according to their choices on the NOAS.
Electronic selection started in 2018 and has been very effective over the years. It is fast, effective and efficient. However, there were some weaknesses in the way the system was implemented. That was obvious last year 2020, when the first DHERST Selection list had to be recalled, updated and a second list published.
What is the School Leavers Selection List?
The school leavers selection list for 2021 is the listing of Grade 12 students who have applied through the NOAS and got selected to a higher learning institution in Papua New Guinea.
The higher education department does the selection through the National Online Selection System (NOSS). This list is the preliminary list that come out.
The acceptance list is final and confirms the status of students picked to start their first year at a university of their preferences on the NOAS.
DHERST Selection list 2021 TESAS Awards
DHERST used different statuses to indicate the TESAS Awards for selected students. The awards are based on PNG govt’s yearly sponsorship for students under the AES and HECAS categories, excluding the self-sponsored or corporate sponsored students.
|Status||PNG govt scholarship||Meaning|
|TESAS||Tertiary Education School Assistance Scheme||Two Scholarships under PNG govt sponsored TESAS|
|AES||Academic Excellence Scholarship Scheme||Scholarship for Higher achieving students|
|HECAS||Higher Education Contribution Assistant Scheme||Scholarship for students who meet the minimum GPA set by universities|
|SELF||Self-sponsored||Full-fee paying students or fees paid by other sponsors|
Acceptance list for PNG Institutions
In this part, we attempt to discuss the nature of the Grade 12 selections, the Acceptance List and challenges of releasing the acceptance list on time. And, address many of the ‘why’ questions (see the comments thread in this article) relating to the release of selection list and acceptance list 2021.
The opinions are based on our personal experience since the inception of DHERST’s online selection systems. We hope that it gives you an understanding of the whole process. We wrote this article for our blog audience and thought it fits well with the TESAS Awards and explanations of HECAS and AES.
Grade 12 selections to the tertiary institutions
The selection of Grade 12 students takes place before the Acceptance List 2021. DHERST used the National Online Application System (NOAS) to capture students school leavers choices. And uses the Online Selection System (NOSS) to, electronically, select students according to their choice on the online school leavers’ form, the NAOS.
Before 2018, the Grade 12 students have only 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices they pre-fill on a manual school leavers form. The manual SLF is sent to Port Moresby where selectors from tertiary institutions in the country scour over the paper forms and select students – this is long gone.
The online selection and 2021 acceptance list compilation will be the 3th year DHERST runs the online selection.
The online selection system and acceptance is the best technological intervention implemented by the higher education department, DHERST.
However, there seemed to be a certain weakness in the selection process as seen last year and this year with the delay of the 2021 acceptance list. We do not know exactly what caused the delay but we can only infer that it may be due to the Public Holiday on Friday the 8th of January, 2021.
2021 Acceptance List Release
As for this year, the 2021 acceptance list will be published before the TESAS Award list. The Post Courier reports on a statement by higher education department secretary that the 2021 acceptance list will be published in two parts:
- 2021 Acceptance List of School Leavers: formal list of all the students who will be enrolled for the first time at tertiary institutions in the country.
- TESAS Award List 2021: The final list of the students in 2021 acceptance list including their ‘indicated’ TESAS Award status.
DHERST indicated to have released the acceptance list on the second Friday of January 2021. This has not happened.
We believe DHERST is working to get the 2021 acceptance list out to the public. It will be released soon. Meanwhile, students, parents and citizens have to wait for the higher education department to make another announcement.
The Post Courier reported that the TESAS Award list will be released in ‘late January or February 2021. The reason being that ‘DHERST will wait for all the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the country to confirm their selections listing before the final TESAS Award List comes out’.
Waiting for the HEIs in the country to send the confirmed list to DHERST can take ages. But, the Post Courier hinted that the final list could come out by late January or early February before the academic year starts.
Acceptance List 2021 Not Released, When Then?
Many students, parents and stakeholders were asking the same question, why was the list acceptance list 2021 not released on time. As mentioned, the process of selection, quality checks, confirming availability of spaces with HEIs, etc is challenging. DHERST must get it right the first time so that they do not mess up the final acceptance list.
The final acceptance list for students to enrol at the universities (including the PNG Govt’s scholarships details) should/will come out a few weeks before the academic year starts.
If you are someone with a special circumstance (non-school leaver, school leaver and self-sponsored ) and needed more time to prepare; make sure you mitigate the risks of lossing your university placement before the academic year starts.
DHERST Selection Key Points
In a press release two years ago, the department of higher education said the students whose names appeared on the Grade 12 selection list must take note the three points:
Your personal details contained within your application has been forwarded to the Higher Education Institution which has selected you.
You should expect to receive an admissions offer letter directly from your Higher Education Institution (HEI). The HEI will communicate directly with you to inform you on specific details.
If your Study Program receives scholarship awards from the National Government, you may be eligible for financial support through the Tertiary Education Student Assistance Scheme (TESAS). Your TESAS status is also indicated in this National Selection List. Please log in to the NOAS (apply.dherst.gov.pg) and check MyStatus section any time before the 22nd December 2018 for further details on how to access your scholarship. [DHERST , Press Release 2019]
Concerns if DHERST race past February
In the meantime, there is no need to worry, even February is approaching fast. Citizens and stakeholders must be patient. DHERST, since 2018, has done a fantastic job with the:
- Online School Leavers Application (NOAS),
- Online Selection System (NOSS),
- Compiling and quality-checking the selection listings
- Liaising with HEIs in the country,
- Publishing the acceptance listing for ALL the HEIs
Of course, there should be concerns raised IF DHERST has gone past mid-February. But for now, DHERSTneeds all the support they can get from the PNG govt, HEIs, parents, citizens and stakeholders.
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