How have I performed in the national examinations?; and
Will I be selected to continue to the next level?
PNG Grades 8, 10 and 12 Students Performance in Examinations
This brings me to the second question.
Grades 8, 10 and 12 Students Selections 2023
Based on the proportion of tertiary places available in 2015 and the preceding years, 96% of Grades 8, 92% of Grade 10 and 81% of Grade 12 students did NOT make it to a tertiary institution.
By this, I mean only a select few will end up in universities, colleges, vocational centres and other higher learning set-ups.
Those fortunate enough to continue should be congratulated. They have earned the right to proceed. They passed exams – they can enjoy the privileges (pride) and challenges higher educational institutions bring.
And deservedly, they should hold their heads up and be proud to continue.
High number of Grades 8, 10 and 12 Students pass out
PNG Grades 8, 10 and 12 stats
In 2015, over 120, 000 grade 8 students sat exams. Extrapolating 120,000 Grade 8 students to the 8000 spaces at higher institutions is just 7%. It means 93% of students who did the Grade 8 exams in 2015 did not receive a higher education qualification. That is the statistic that is now in the villages, towns and cities with primary or secondary education, today.
There should be a way to address this problem, don’t you think?!
Phasing out Grades 8, 10 and 12 Exams
The availability of resources, the number of teachers and primary and secondary schools’ capacity to hold larger students can be crippling.
It was good news to hear that the Minister of Higher Education has given out cheques to several universities in the country to expand their capacities. This shows that there is likely to be an increase in spaces at tertiary institutions.
Technical and Vocational Schools Way Forward
Papua New Guinea STILL has a Grade 12 drop-put rate of over 90% – the same as it was since this article was written in 2015! That is sad but true. Something is NOT right.
Still, there won’t be enough university and college spaces to take in the high number of students. That is why there is a NEED to seriously increase the spaces at technical and vocational schools in the country.
Exams are the corner-stone of PNG education system
So the public statements about phasing out examination have to be backed by some foresight.
The public examination system has to be strengthened – made rigorous. Address the problem of cheating. Empower Measurement Service Division. Or, come up with alternative measures to overhaul and make examination processes tough – challenging.
The question of catering for those who are dropping out of the formal education system can be addressed by focusing on Internships, apprenticeship schemes and vocational schools.