Australia Scholarships for PNG Secondary School Students

The Minister for Education Hon. Joseph Yopyyopy and the Australian High Commissioner to PNG Bruce Davis formally agreed on Papua New Guinea’s participation in the Pacific Secondary School Scholarships Program commencing in 2020 during the signing at the Australian High Commission building on 17th December 2019.

Australia scholarship for PNG secondary school students

This scholarships program will enable students from PNG to build lifelong connections with Australia and help develop their skills to contribute fully to PNG’s development, thereby enhancing its sustainable economic growth.

As currently designed, the scholarship will support PNG students to obtain a senior school certificate and possibly an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank if desired. 

The first cohort of students will commence in year 10 in Australia in July 2020.

Schooling will be delivered by NSW and Queensland state governments’ existing international education programs, which is supported by a rigorous Australian regulatory framework for quality assurance, child protection and welfare.

Secondary school scholarships to Australia will complement the secondary school partnerships established under the PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools initiative, launched by Minister Joseph Yopyyopy and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on 26th August 2019.

The Partnerships between 24 PNG and Australian schools are strengthening teaching and learning at schools around PNG.

Minister Yopyyopy thanked the Australia Government for continuing to support PNG through education and stressed that this is the focus of the current government to take back PNG.

He said PNG will continue to work closely in partnership with the Australian Government in similar schemes in future and like to see many young Papua New Guineans grasp the opportunity to better themselves and help in the development of the country.

The Australian High Commissioner to PNG Bruce Davis said Australia has been supporting education in all levels.

He alluded that the current Prime Minister James Marape has been strongly emphasizing on the technical & vocational education. This is an area that would be looked at also.

Mr. Davis said they will assist where possible and will be in line with PNG’s own developmental priorities.



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