6 Key Views for Policy Construction - Dr Tapo

These views are forwarded to inform the readers, and the public, of the challenges of a  changing education system in Papua New Guinea. In particular the central business of the 

  • initial teacher preparation, 
  • professional practice, 
  • teacher supply and demand, 
  • GPAs (Grade Point Averages), and 
  • Teachers registration and reregistration.
teachers education policy
(Dr Tapo's views are raised to inform readers on matters pertaining to education and policy development in PNG)

All of which are inclusive and overwhelm presentation of education quality and stipulated in the vision and mission of the Education Department and the Education Act 1983 (consolidated to no. 13 of 1995).

In light of the challenges of new graduates lacking important skills, teachers education and practice of new teachers, six considerations have been highlighted to give direction for policy formulation at the end of this discussion.

Education policies and practices 

Explanatory Note: PNG INSIGHT has documented multiple public insights into school education and other educational practices impacting directly and indirectly on Papua New Guineans livelihood and community at large.

Education is seen as a right for every school-aged child. But this far, there are overwhelming gaps in the policy formulation, planning, economic absorptive capacity, and overall capacity. 

There is a greater need to develop sustainable development strategies and implementation activities.

At present, the limited reliance knowledge, capital utilisation and the likely impacts are challenges that have merits to interrogate the policies and practices such as the 

  • high educational failures, 
  • unemployment, 
  • high unit costs of university education, secondary, TVET and FODE programs, etc.

Hence, the discussion hereafter is more than just examination, selection and admission, GPAs, teachers recreational leave fares, standard-based curriculum, teaching and learning resources.

Considerations and explanations

The concerns are ominous: increasing population, teacher supply and demand, schools graduating school leavers with lesser skilled and low GPAs, pupils at graduation, overly high student class size, high pupil to teacher ratio, and teacher absence. Other concerns include:

  • vacant teacher position,
  • unregistered teachers,
  • unqualified teachers,
  • teacher position mishaps,
  • inspections,
  • teaching and learning resources,
  • teacher knowledge, and 
  • lack of understanding of the curriculum.

The list goes on.

Bare Foot Education: Lifelong Consequences

The inherent gaps and sustainability resource absorptive capacity are so real. These all contribute to the gist of this forum 'Bare Foot Education: lifelong Consequences'.

It was great to watch the televised captions of the deemed graduated Diploma in primary teaching from Balob Teacher's College. So to was the principal and the follow-up by fellow colleagues deputy and the secretary for education making a genuine effort to correct the malpractice of established parts of the Education Act 1983 (consolidated to no. 13 of 1995).

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Source: EMTV News 10/02/2021

Standardised reporting practices and processes

Colleges and the Department have established policies, practices and procedures as standardised practices and processes used for selecting, admission, teaching, learning, assessments, and reporting of a novice student teacher (s) achievement standards and professional practice through the two or three-year diploma.

The selection and admission committee, Academic advisory committee and Governing councils are clear on these procedural mandatory requirements clearly defined in the numerous subdivisions of the Act.

Inspection, vetting and action

Membership and attendance, reporting and recommendations from committees and boards are submitted to the Secretary for Education for vetting and action by the directorates and divisions of the Education Department.

This happening to deregister potential beginning teacher graduates who have not entered practice without a practice licence is an administrative judgement error. 

Inspection of a new teacher at work is the only evidence-based and is the professional duty of the inspector. Hence, the recommendation of a teacher or teachers to get a teacher practice licence. 

Only then the performance standards to register or not to register is the question which can lead to suitability and unsuitable report of a teacher to deregister a beginning teacher.

The ambiguity to deregister prior to teacher posting, in a position with a number, in a school does have its underlying motives. This decision is void and in the near future could become part of the practice inconsistent with the established quality standards, measures and guidelines.

6 key views for policy construction

The way forward given the standardised practices that exist in the Education Act 1983 (consolidated to no. 13 of 1995), I offer these views for construction by policymakers, committees, and governing councils of Teachers colleges. These are sixfold:

1) Leader/managers 'show cause" and take a zero-tolerance

Treat the Balob demonstration as a means. It has never happened before, in the life of teacher education presentation since 1975.

Leader/managers 'show cause" and take a zero-tolerance to ensure established quality standards procedural guidelines are honoured. And well understood by a person delegated the power as the Education Authority to act on behalf of the Secretary for Education. Secretary who is the Accreditation Awarding officer of the state on education;

2) Regulate Teacher Professional Standards

Established and regulate Teacher Professional Standards and even go as far as a Parliamentary Bill to enact the proper standards for teacher education providers, specialised programs for specialisations, novice, beginning and practising teachers with particular specialisations, etc;

3) Papua New Guinea Board of Teacher Registration

Established Papua New Guinea Board of Teacher Registration with specific functions and in partnership with the Department of higher education, science and technology and the DHERST Act and the Department of Education and the Education Act, and the Teaching Service Commission and the TSC Act;

4) Separate autonomous body of standards

Divorce the teacher professional standards, quality standards and assurance mechanisms, and the framework of the national standards embedded in the Education, Teaching Service Commission, and DHERST Acts of Parliament to a separate autonomous body;

5) Review Understanding of GPA, Selection and Admission - NDoE and DHERST

Review overall understanding of the grade point average (GPA), selection and admission. Foremost, courses and alphabetical ratings across schools' achievement standards and awards at the completion are not satisfactory merits. 

These merits awards given to grade 12 as the specific grade level has confounding and complex quality assurance concerns because inhibiting factors interconnected and interwoven with grade 12 certificates at High schools, secondary school, national high schools technical high schools and vocational schools and Flexible Open and Distance Education (FODE); and

6) Define Grade 12 and its Equivalence Guidelines

Grade 12 and its equivalence guidelines are defined. For the moment, all school leavers who are deemed grade 12 and or with equivalence continue to show knowledge and skill gaps. 

They have survived the specific grade levels in absence of the required aptitude abilities whereas confidence and competence of knowledge and skill level very much different and do impact the selection, admission and completion of initial teacher preparation. 

Hence, the Balob Teachers College demonstration and the deregistration announcement and action.

Dr Michael F Tapo, EdD 


Editor's note: Dr M.F Tapo has over 40 years of experience, working in the education sector and his contribution is invaluable, balanced and insightful. He is a former PNG Department of Education Secretary. 

We are delighted to have Dr Tapo's thoughts on the discussions on Education and Development on our platform. Related articles: Problem Solving and Thinking Strategies and Thinking strategies Help Students Solve Problems.

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Image: PNG Insight. Supplied, Dr Tapo

How to Send Credit: Telikom and Bmobile Codes and Videos

Here are quick videos to show you how to send credit from one Telikom mobile number to another Telikom number (or Bmobile to Bmobile number). We used the USSD codes for this popular service and recorded the videos in real-time. Hope it helps.

You can also find out about how to:

  • find your own number,
  • check credits,
  • subscribe to international voice call, and 
  • info about other popular Telikom PNG and Bmobile USSD codes.
Subscribe and check out the YouTube playlist here

Telikom Credit Transfer

Here is how to transfer PNG​ Telikom​ credit from one mobile​ number to another. 


  1. Open they call keypad
  2. Key in *128*
  3. Enter Telikom mobile number - should be 8 digits long
  4. Press #
  5. Press CALL
  6. Follow the prompt
  7. Wait for 'success' notification.

Bmobile Credit Transfer

Transfer credit from bmobile to bmobile is easy. But you have to type fast to make a successful transfer.


  1. Open they call keypad
  2. Key in *128*
  3. Key in 12345*
  4. Enter amount to send
  5. Enter Bmobile number - 8 digits
  6. Press #
  7. Press CALL to send
  8. Follow the prompt
  9. Wait for 'success' notification.

2022 Australian Awards How to Apply

Brief description

Australia Awards Scholarships, formerly known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

  • Applications open: 1 February 2021
  • Applications close: 30 April 2021
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Before you apply
  • Check the opening and closing dates for your country, and select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for specific information on eligibility, priority areas and how to apply. See the participating countries page for opening and closing dates.
  • If you intend to apply, you must read the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook. The handbook provides information including general eligibility requirements, selection processes, entitlements and responsibilities. Note that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade may revise and update the handbook at any time without notice.
  • Some countries encourage and allow you to apply online while others require hard-copy applications. See your participating country profile for more information.

Applying online

Go to the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS). When you register online, you will be required to answer some questions to establish your eligibility. You will then be given a unique registration number, username and password.

You do not need to submit your application immediately. You can set up a draft application form and update it, and your supporting documentation, until the designated closing date as on the relevant participating country profile.

Once submitted, your application cannot be changed. We strongly advise applicants applying online to do so well before the closing date. OASIS experiences peak usage in the days leading up to the closing date and applicants may experience delays.

Refer to the Applicant's Online User Manual if you need help.

Applying by mail

If you are unable to submit your application online, you can apply by mail. Please check your participating country profile for contact details to obtain a hardcopy application form and any other templates such as referee reports (if applicable).

Completed hard copy application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline specified by your country. See the opening and closing dates for each country.

Supporting documentation

Check your participating country profile to see if your country requires additional supporting documents, such as referee reports (template below).

Source: Australian Awards, dfat. 

2021 Continuing Students Selection List for HEIs Released

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) announced the approved list of Continuing Students on TESAS today, 26th January 2021. The list contains the names and PNG govt scholarship (TESAS) details for the continuing students  (Year 2 - Year 4) attending the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Papua New Guinea.

  • AES - Academic Excellence Scholarships
  • HECAS - Higher Education Contribution Assistance Scheme



Students TESAS (Tertiary Education Student Assistance SchemeAward Status indicates the type of PNG govt scholarship offered to students. It is a merit-based award. AES is awarded to the best performing students (with a high GPA).

The number of scholarships available to continuing students (and new intakes) is determined by the availability of govt funding and HEIs GPA cut-off, yearly. Details of funding and GPA for each HEI in the country is the work of DHERST. Here are some guides to TESAS and GPA.

TESAS: AES & HECAS Stats that matter - 2021

We kept some 'stats that matter' based on the TESAS Award list for New Intakes over the years. Here is the stat for the 2021 TESAS Awards for Continuing Students:

  • 82 Continuing students on AES 
  • 6779 Continuing students on HECAS 
  • 6861 Total Students on TESAS

Note: The figures do not include the NEW INTAKES. 

The 2021 DHERST Selection List for New Intakes was released a day after the Continuing Students TESAS Award List. Read about the NEW INTAKES 'stats that matter'

Some HEIs have not submitted their 2020 continuing students GPA to DHERST. Those institutions are not included in the TESAS list released by DHERST.

Download the 2021 Continuing Students List for HEIs

You can view or download the official list on DHERST website. Here is a quick download link >> DOWNLOAD NOW, PDF.

Some HEIs have not submitted their students' 2020 Continuing Students GPA lists for 2021 academic year. Students who are attending those institutions will expect delays in the Beginning of Year Travel and TESAS payments.

The students attending those institutions should call the Students' Admin for more information. 

2020 self-sponsored students who have secured a scholarship must make travel arrangements with their universities or higher institution. 

Recommended reading: How to Secure a Govt Scholarship - TESAS 2022

Re-admission and self-sponsored students

The advice from DHERST for students whose names are NOT on the list:

Be advised that students whose name do not appear on the list [ Continuing Students approved list] should consult your respective HEIs to confirm your progressive status for 2021. (DHERST, press release, 26/01/2021)

Why only 6861 Continuing Students on TESAS?

Here is what DHERST said about it...

"The number of applications for TESAS Awards with a qualifying minimum GPA level is typically greater than the number of available TESAS Awards.

It should be noted that some program admission requirements of institutions might include a different weighted consideration of grades and/or prerequisite subjects with minimum grades, due to their particular academic requirements. As such, Awardees are selected within program quotas on a merit basis. This means that not all applicants with a qualifying GPA level will receive an award." (DHERST, website)

Another reason is that the 2021 TESAS award list does not include some HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) who did not submit the students GPA to DHERST. And their students may not have been included in the official list released on the 26 of January 2021.

TESAS PNG Govt Scholarship Funds

TESAS selection continuing students

In a National Newspaper report, the secretary for higher education said that they only received K36 million (out of a K68 million required TESAS funding) for 2021. The question was why half of the required TESAS fund?

In 2020 the PNG govt, through DHERST, implement the students' assistantship scheme - the Higher Education Loan Program, or HELP. The same year, the govt allocated K220 million to fund HELP.

The higher education secretary said

... 6,637 students applied for HELP this year [2020] and K28,109,457 was paid by the Government.

How do students apply for HELP?


HELP aims to enhance quality at higher education. The studentship program also aims to ensure access to the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are available to eligible students.

Firstly, students must demonstrate that they are enrolled in a registered institution in order to apply.

Students who wish to apply for this loan should complete the HELP Application Form. See your HEI/Student Admin for more info. That means all students (both continuing and new intakes) should register at a HELP participating institution.

Then, see your students admin/support staff and complete the application form. The respective HEIs will launch the forms, on your behalf, with DHERST and let you know of the outcome.


If you have any questions, please comment below and let us know.

Flexible Open and Distance Education (FODE) Application Info

The PNG government and Education Department realised that there is a need to focus on the Flexible, Open and Distance Education. This realisation comes at the back of unprecedented growth in the number of students leaving school are Grades 8, 10 and 12 as a result of the Free Education Policy

If you are a student wanting to upgrade your marks or continue your education with FODE, you'll find this article useful. We have compiled the information from FODE website and latest new articles to give you the best head-start. 

What is Flexible, Open and Distance Education

The National Education Department recognises that distance education is an important means to deliver education. The Flexible, Open and Distance Education (FODE) is mandated to offer distance learning pathway as an integral part of the National Education System.

FODE a School at home, where students study the same primary and secondary education curriculum in their own time, in their own homes, and at their own pace.

FODE is ideally:

  • the alternative choice for students who decide to study at home, in an open and flexible environment.
  • for continuing education for students who for various reasons cannot continue their education in the mainstream school system.
  • the second chance education for the upgrading of grades/results of their grades 10 and 12 certificates

Why the emphasis flexible, open and distance education

The number of students dropping out of primary and secondary schools is alarming (link here). The PNG govt through the Education Ministry and the National Education Department have seen that the best way to address the problem is through FODE.

Here is what the new Education Minister said about the FODE enrolment…

‘A team from the Education Department is working on a plan to have all school leavers absorbed into the [FODE] system….this is so we can reduce the number of student dropouts doing nothing out there.’ Jimmy Uguro, MP


Who is eligible for FODE

FODE students can be school leavers, disabled people, employed or unemployed, teenagers or adult, single or married. Anyone who wishes to improve his/her education can study at FODE.

Students studying at FODE are classified as either Full Correspondence (FC) students or Upgrader Students (US).

  • FC – FODE students who are studying ALL the courses from Grades 7 – 12

  • ·US – students who are upgrading marks for certain courses at FODE

FODE Application form 2021

The FODE study centres open in February of every year. If you are trying to get the FODE application form for 2021, check out your nearest study centre. The FODE staff are always helpful, they’ll help you out.

It is perhaps important to note that you visit your FODE centre to get the latest information. The support staff and professional staff will be happy to answer questions you may have in regards to the:

  • FODE application forms,
  • enrolment info for FC and US,0
  • starting dates,
  • entry test and
  • fees.

For those in Port Moresby and Central Province, visit the FODE centre near the Australian High Commission, Waigani.  

How to enrol at FODE

FODE enrolment points include the 22 Provincial Centres, located at the main towns. The FODE Provincial Centre or FODE Study Centre nearest to you administers at the entry test, PET. The entry test measures the English and Mathematical ability level of new students who wish to continue their education FODE.

Here is how to enrol at a FODE:

  • Discuss your intention to study with FODE Support Staff at the provincial FODE centres (recommended).
  • All the students enrolling for the first time with FODE must do the Pre-Enrolment Test (PET).
  • Pay a compulsory entry test fee K50 into the FODE account.
  • Sit for the English and Mathematics entry test.
  • You answer sheets will be corrected at the provincial marking centre.
  • Check the entry test result at your FODE centre.
  • If you pass the test, you may enrol at FODE. If you fail, you will re-sit the entry test at a later time.

Some centres are charging K75 entry test fee. To avoid any inconveniences, it is recommended that all *new* students contact their FODE centres.

PNG FODE Approved Course Programs

 For Grades 7 and 8, you are required to do all six (6) subjects.

PNG FODE Grade 7 and Grade 8 Application and courses

 For Grades 9 and 10, you must complete five (5) subjects and one (1) optional to be certified. Business Studies and Design & Technology Computing are optional.

FODE Grade 9 and Grade 10 courses

For Grade 11 and 12: the subjects are in line with the Upper Secondary Approved Matriculation and align with the courses offered in conventional secondary schools throughout the country. 

PNG FODE Grade 11 and 12 subjects

Note: From the above three subject streams, the selection to Option one is based on the PET test result placement criteria.

Important: For newly enrolled students and continuing students are FODE, please download the detailed subject and study outline for Grades 7 & 8, 9 & 10 and 11 & 12. 

 FODE Education Strategic Direction

  • Vision

“Papua New Guineans have grade 12 equivalency education and certification through flexible open distance education”

  • Mission

“Pursuing quality national education through flexible open distance education (FODE) by harnessing all appropriate and affordable technologies”

Education is New Ireland top priority in 2021 - Sir Julius Chan

The Division of Education in New Ireland is ready to move forward after it had frank and open talks with the New Ireland Government and the Provincial Administration on Thursday. 

Governor Sir Julius Chan in an unusual “call out” to reprioritize Education as a pivotal sector invited the Provincial Education board to a round table talk at the New Ireland Legislative Assembly conference room. Present was Chairlady Dr Kappa Malpo, Acting Director Education Wesley Siangat, Appointment officer Gerard Bekeman, Acting Manager Standards Patrick Neman, Senior Primary School Inspector George Choi, District Education Co-ordinator Renson Warkurai, Inspector Godfrey Lutham and Chaiman Education in PEC Felix Katibum, Provincial Administrator Lamiller Pawut, CEO Finance Richard Andia and Director Subsidy Iola Tamtu.

Sir Julius Chan Education Priority
Image: New Ireland Media Unit/Facebook 2021

Recommended read: Sir Julius Chan Life in Politics - A Review of His Book ' Playing the Game

One of the key issues raised was on the standard of Education in the province and how to improve it. Findings included a lack of Qualified teachers teaching in all schools, a lack of School Inspectors to police standard and quality in schools, a lack of school infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of students, funding and constraints requiring improved management and financial trainings for school principles to maintain quality administration in their schools.

Dr Malpo also touched on the need to improve the provinces Min Rating Index (MRI) which is the performance average of students per school. “ We must aspire to give our best to each individual student if we are to see an improvement in our MRI’s. And the MRI’s have a correlation with the quality of teachers we have in our schools. We need qualified teachers and we must endeavour to get all teachers to Bachelor level,” said Dr Malpo.

The need for the introduction of more Flexible Open Distant Education ( FODE) into the province was also discussed. With the Educationists stating that just because a student does not do well through the normal education system does not mean that they are failures. Work on the setting up of the New Ireland University and Namatanai Technical college also continues.

Taking in the issues and suggestions by the Education team Governor Sir J relayed that while the New Ireland Government could not fix all the dilemma’s faced by the Education sector it could intervene in areas that are within the policy framework. 

He said his Government through the subsidy division has been actively allocating funds directly to schools and has sperate funding specifically for the upskilling of teachers who wish to pursue higher degrees and encouraged them to utilize the program. For infrastructure development he made particular emphasis on the West Coast Kulube was picked to have a new high school built. He encouraged the Education Division to think new when it came to the construction of the school. Separate meetings will be conducted to discuss more on the rollout of Education infrastructure in the province.

The Governor’s School of Excellence located at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) International School is another positive outcome of Government policy. With a number of students selected through the policy getting high grades last year. 

Sir J thanked the Education Division representatives for taking time to really take stock of the current status of Education in the province, outlining areas of weakness and offering constructive solutions to improve the sector.

“ We cannot solve all the problems but we must adjust our priorities.  We all have our good and bad sides, we just need to choose and create a balance to move forward,” said Sir J.

According to New Ireland Education, it operates 560 schools. With a school a population of over 59, 765 and 2,160 teachers. The Province has improved its effort to deliver quality education across all sectors of education.

In 2019 grade 10s and 12s placed New Ireland in the Top 5 amongst other secondary schools in the country. NIP overall mean average index was 10 behind Pom, East New Britain and East Sepik. 

In 2020 the Covid pandemic contributed to almost 2 months of out of class time for all students in schools. The lost times were catered for through rearranged timetabling and extra classes in most of the examinable grades ( 8,10,12). According to results for performance in examinations for grade 8, the cut-off mark was 75 out of 150. The highest score was 146/150. For Grade 10 the MRI was 77%. All high schools moved up by 1 point. Lihir Secondary school came 10th in the country.

Source: New Ireland Provincial Govt Media Unit

UPNG Open College Application open for Grade 12 School Leavers

The University of Papua New Guinea, Open College (UPNG –OC) informs 2020 Grade 12 School Leavers that Applications to the External undergraduate degree programs is open and will close on the 30th of January 2021. 

If you are interested in enrolling, download the Application form and fill it in and lodge it at your nearest Open College Centre.

UPNG Open college application

UPNG OPEN COLLEGE Application 2021

Call for Applications to UPNG OPEN COLLEGE Undergraduate Degree/Diploma Programs 2021 (for 2020 Secondary High School Leavers)

Download the application form here. See the original message on the UPNG website.

 Applicants must take note of the following important points

1. Only 2020 Grade Leavers will be considered in this application call.

2. The following programs are on offer; Business Management Foundation Year, Science Foundation Year and Bachelor of Arts – Year 1

3. Science Foundation Year (SFY) is only offered at NCD OC Centre. Applicants must study ALL the following five subjects (L&L, Advance Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology in Grade 12 in order to be considered for UPNG Science Foundation.

4. If you are intending to enroll in any of the Open College Certificate programs, you must go to your nearest OC center with your grade 12 certificate and enquire about the programs on offer and you will be advised accordingly. Do not use this application form.

5. CTCS program will no longer admit new students in 2021 and onwards, only continuing students will enroll in this program.

6. UPNG-OC is no longer offering any upgrading of courses. You are advised to pursue a degree or complete a certificate program.

7. Navigate through our Open College website to confirm Entry Requirements and Eligibility criteria to the programs.

8. The normal fee for diploma and degree courses in K600 per course per semester. Science practical (Laboratory) based courses fee is K900 per course.

9. If you register in NCD Campus or Morobe University Centre, a compulsory surcharge fee of K60.00 is applicable in addition to your course fee.

10. The decision of the selectors is final. Any appeals will not be entertained.


This announcement was originally published on UPNG website.

Flexible Open and Distance Education (FODE) Enrolment

THE Government has urged parents to enrol their children who have dropped out of school into the Flexible Open and Distance Education (FODE) this year as it is free.

Education Minister Jimmy Uguro yesterday said no fees would be levied on FODE students and encouraged those who could not make it to the upper grades to enrol at their nearest Fode centre.

“Fode is fee-free this year,” Uguro said.

“Parents are not paying.

“The Government has paid the fees.

“This is to address the high turn-over of school dropouts each year.

“The Education Department has been tasked to attach FODE centres to high school and nominated primary schools in districts and provinces.

“A team from the Education Department is working on a plan to have all school leavers absorbed into the [FODE] system.

“This is so we can reduce the number of student dropouts doing nothing out there.

“As soon as school commences on Feb 1, FODE classes should also commence.”

Prime Minister James Marape said recently that the Government would offer an alternative education pathway to help those who dropped out of school. Uguro said the Covid-19 affected student’s learning last year which resulted in 17,000 students missing out on moving to the next level.

“FODE is free because we are accommodating the school leavers, we are opening up opportunities for those who have been left out, we are taking them on board,” he said.

“The FODE students will study the same contents and they will sit for the same exams.

“So no one should be left behind.

“All students should be educated equally. Last year, there was a big drop so the Government is addressing this issue through Fode.”

Uguro said teachers would be paid an allowance for teaching Fode.

He advised students interested in taking up Fode to check with the Fode centres in the provinces and districts because the Government was committed to starting the fee-free initiative this year.

Source: The National Newspaper ( By GYNNIE KERO, 12/01/2021)

2021 Acceptance List Delay: DHERST, Govt, HEIs and Stakeholders Anxious

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology said they'll release the Acceptance List 2021 for Tertiary Institutions in the country on the 8th of January 2021. Many anxious students and parents are wondering why the acceptance list 2021 was not released as promised. We know that DHERST is doing its very best to get the acceptance list out. And, they will probably tell the stakeholders why they did not release the list on the second Friday of January 2021.

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A discussion - Acceptance list for PNG Institutions

In this article about the Acceptance List 2021, we attempt to discuss the nature of the Grade 12 selections, the 2021 Acceptance List and challenges of releasing the acceptance list on time. And, address many of the 'why' questions (see the comment 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. 

For the status updates of PNG universities acceptance list, click here.

Grade 12 selections to the tertiary institutions

The selection of Grade 12 students takes place before the Acceptance List 2021 comes out. DHERST used the National Online Application System (NOAS) to capture students school leavers choices. And uses the National Online Selection System (NOSS) to, electronically, select students according to their choice on the online school leavers' form, the NOAS.

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 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. 

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 mentioned 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. 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.

Why 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 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, self-sponsored, etc ) and needed more time to prepare; make sure you mitigate the risks in good time 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
(1) Your personal details contained within your application has been forwarded to the Higher Education Institution which has selected you.
(2) 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. 
(3) 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 2018]


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, the department needs all the support they can get from the PNG govt, institutions in the country, parents, citizens and stakeholders.

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UoG Non-school Leavers Acceptance List 2021 - Published

 UOG 2021 non school leavers selection list pdf

The final complete list for 2021 non-school leavers admission to University of Goroka (UoG) was released on Thursday the 7th January 2021. There will be no supplementary or reserve list.

UoG advises that the UOG-Enga and Sepik Campuses admission list will be uploaded onto the website by early next week.

For the status updates of PNG universities acceptance list, click here.

UOG 2021 Acceptance List Non-School Leavers info

  • The selection list for 2021 can be accessed on the UoG website: www.unigoroka.ac.pg.
  • The Acceptance Letters from the University will soon reach you in time before the 2021 Academic year. 
Please make the necessary arrangements as soon as you confirm your name on the University Acceptance list.

UoG 2021 Registration and Orientation dates 

  • 29th January– 9th February 2021 Students start to arrive on campus. 
  • 29th January 2021 Deadline for payment. 
  • 8th – 9th February 2021 Orientation for all new students 
  • 8th – 9th February 2021 Registration for all New Intakes 
  • 10th -19th February 2021 Registration for Continuing Students
  • 20th February to 5th March 2021 Late Registration Closes [Late Fee of K200.00] 
  • 22nd February 2021 Semester One Lectures Commence

More information on Fee Payment, Travel arrangments, etc are on the non-school leavers' selection list. 

UoG Non-school Leavers and School Leavers List

The University of Goroka (UoG) publishes the yearly acceptance lists in two parts. 

Firstly, the non-school leavers apply for a placing through the university. Therefore, UoG does the selection and publishes it on its website. It is the work of the university. 

Each faculty finalises the non-school leavers’ selections for the university. The university council then approves the listing for publication (and publishes the UoG non-school leavers’ selection list pdf on its website). The link to 2021 NSL admission was released - see link above.

Secondly, the school leavers applications are through the department of higher education, DHERST. Therefore, the listing for all tertiary institutions in Papua New Guinea including UoG is the work of DHERST. The list will be published by the higher education department as announced in this article.

RECOMMENDED: We will let you know when the selection lists for Admission to the other universities are published online. Meanwhile, check out the updated checklist of 2021 PNG Universities Selection Lists pdf. We have attempted to do this checklist so that it is easier to track the universities as they release their selection list. Check it out and let us know what you think: >>> updated checklist 

We ask that you join us on FacebookTwitter or YouTube for up-to-date education info on tertiary institution selections in the country, as they happen.

If you have any question in relation to the 2021 UoG non-school leavers selection, contact the university directly; or leave a comment below for discussions.

2021 Acceptance Lists: Non School Leavers, School Leavers and Continuing Students

The table in this article is a checklist of the selection list PDF published by either the universities (non-school leavers' and continuing students lists) or by Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) for 2021 intakes of Grade 12 school leavers in the country. 

Admission list for Uog UPNG pdf

Notes on 2021 Continuing Students TESAS Awards List, why many students names are not on the list published by DHERST.

The two groups of new intakes are the Grade 12 school leavers and non-school leavers, whereas the continuing students are students progressing to years 2, 3, 4 or have continued on from the other programs last year.

The universities also publish the list of post-graduate students on their websites around this time of the year. So be sure to check their websites if you have applied for a post-graduate study.

One important thing to check is the student's status on the selection/admission lists. We mention it because the status indicates whether you are on the govt scholarship (TESAS) or not. If you are indicated as SELF, you are either self-sponsored student, overseas-based student or corporate sponsored. You'll have to make the fee arrangements prior to registering at the university you are selected to attend.

Checklist for 2021 Acceptance List PDF - Published

This table gives the status update. We will continue to update this table as DHERST and the universities publish the 2021 selection list in PDF for download.

2021 Selection

Continue Students

Grade 12 Intake

NSL List






Released internally 




Released internally 




Released internally 






Contact UNRE




Contact DWU



Contact WPU

Contact WPU

There were requests from our readers about when the 2021 Selection Lists for Non-school Leavers, School Leavers and Continuing Students would be available online. 
We hope the 2021 selection checklist table will help you. Let us know in the comment if we missed any checks in this table

The links for downloading the 2021 selection list PDF are given below. Click on the 'blue link' to download the selection list.

Download 2021 Acceptance List PDF

PNG Universities Selection Status Update

  • Divine Word University (DWU) is the first PNG university to release the 2021 continuing students list PDF. UoG was the first to release the non-school leavers' selection pdf list. The lists for continuing students and NSL are, usually, published by the universities, not DHERST. 
  • PAU released the 2021 school leavers and non-school leavers acceptance list.

Many universities will release the Continuing Students List in PDF before the New Students (Grade 12 School Leavers and Non-School Leavers) list for 2021.

From past experience, the next list to come out will be the Grade 12 selection list for the tertiary institution in the country. The list will be published by DHERST at its website. The DHERST selection list contains the names of new intake for the universities and non-universities. A comprehensive list.

The selection list for school leavers to university has not been released by DHERST yet, though they have promised to release it on the 8th of January 2021. Understandably, a public holiday was declared on this day, and we hope DHERST will let the public know about the change of date, soon.

Non-school leavers' selection list 2021

The non-school leavers' selection list is usually published last. If you are a non-school leaver applying to a tertiary institution for 2021 study, do not worry. The list will still come out. 

Perhaps it is important to know that the list will be published by the university of your choice, not DHERST. So you must check with the university!

The universities will publish the non-school leavers' selection list PDF before the academic year starts. One top tip is to check you preferred uni website for the last year's selection list of non-school leavers. This will give you a good idea about WHEN they are likely to release the 2021 selection list for the non-school leavers' intake. 

We are delighted to also know that for the first time this year, Western Pacific University in the highlands of PNG will enrol 240 students in the foundation year. 

The new Western Pacific University in Pangia, Southern Highlands Province, will do the first selection of school leavers this year, 2021. They will not have a batch of continuing students, but likely to have done the selection for both School Leavers and Non-school leavers selection for 2021. We will bring you the updates as they happen.

The new university offers programs in:
  • International Business Management (BA) - 6 Semesters  (3 years);
  • E-Business and Digital Marketing (BA) - 6 Semesters (3 years); and
  • Computer Science (Engineering, BA) - 7 Semesters (3 years).

Recommended articles: Selection Lists for Tertiary Institutions in PNG

In addition to this article, we have some information about selection lists for the Grade 12 School Leavers, non-school leavers and continuing students you might want to read: 

If you have any questions at this time, please leave a comment below.

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