The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) is delighted to provide the complete list of the Grade 12 school leavers who have been selected through the Online Selection System to registered tertiary institutions for the 2018 academic year is listed below. This is the complete list and it is available on the DHERST website.

Check out the latest post on DHERST Selections and Grade 12 results here.

With the inaugural use of the Online Selection System, a total of 12,234 students have been allocated to a study program (47% of the 25,848 who applied).  

All students with a GPA of 2.3 and above that met respective GPA and subject related entry requirements were allocated space within a Higher Education Institution (HEI). First and Second Preferences indicated by the Grade 12 School Leavers were used to allocate a place at a HEI while GPA and subject related entry requirements were used for ranking of the selection list. 

All other Grade 12 School Leavers that selected the option to be considered for alternate offers were allocated space in the program to which they exclusively met the entry requirement and also to which additional space was available.

New intakes from this list will receive admissions offer letter or notice from Universities and their respective tertiary institution. 
We also would like to advise the public that one institution initially provided the DHERST with incorrect student quota. The institution overestimated its own capacity hence it will enroll less students.   

Note that this list is not a Tertiary Education Scholarship Assistance Scheme (TESAS) awards list. The DHERST will inform all TESAS awardees through separate offer letters. Any selected student who does not receive a TESAS offer letter from DHERST should consider himself/herself to be a self-sponsored student.

Any offers given outside of theOnline Selection Systemwill not be considered for national scholarship (TESAS).

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Lenita Mike on the phone 301 2078, email or Shirley Isaiah on 301 2087, email

This selection would not be possible without the commitment of our Universities and other Higher Education Institution as well as the staff at the DHERST and our partner PCG Academia a company that successfully serves higher education sectors in the USA, Canada, Europe and now PNG. I sincerely thank you all for your collaboration and assistance offered.

I would very much appreciate if Universities and other Higher Education Institutions could provide their input by end of March 2018 on how we could further improve on the selection processes and the most important what additional criteria your Institution would like to add to this software. Thus, next year we will provide you with better services. Please forward your input to the Deputy Secretary Operation Mr Steven Matainaho on this email: or

I take this opportunity to wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a fulfilling New Year. May the light of Christmas give you love, peace and happiness. 

God Bless Papua New Guinea!

Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology

Petrol Price: 10 Percent Increase Early 2018 to K3.50 Per Litre, Port Moresby

Petrol price has increased by 7.27% in 5 months to December 2017. The increase may have looked small, but it isn't. Here is how much less petrol a customer gets since September 2017 - 2 Litres *less* on a full tank refilled.

At the current trend,  petrol users are likely to pay a 10% increase as early as January 2018. The table shows the price of petrol between September and December from a Service Station in Port Moresby. *Prices are based on actual receipts, dated.

January 2018 petrol price based on the average increase projected

Petrol price was fairly stable in September, but started increasing on the second week of October. 

The bar graph shows the exponential increase of over 7% between September and December 2017 and 9% to January 2018.

In fact, when a consumer refills petrol in December, (and at 7% increase), they get  70 millilitres *less* for every Litre of petrol (bought at K3.432 per Litre) compared to the September and 10th October 2017 price (K3.195 per Litre). That means that:
  • For 10 Litres of petrol, consumers get 700 mL *less*;
  •  A near-full tank of approximately 30 Litres, the customers get 2100 mL *less*, that is 2.1 L less!
By January next year consumers are likely to pay K3.50 per Litre of petrol - the highest petrol price. And, users will realise how less petrol they get. K3.50 is a conservative estimate.

There is a need to find out why the price is increasing and whether the increases (in October, November and December) have been monitored.