How to Apply to a PNG Teacher's College to Study in 2024

Want to become a teacher or education officer in PNG? The best pathway is through one of PNG's Teachers' Colleges, but you must have a GPA above the required threshold. 

In this article, PNG insight provides brief information about the 16 teachers' colleges in PNG and how to apply as a school leaver and non-school leaver (NSL).

Update: From 2024, the Higher Education Department, Education Department and Teachers Service Commission have agreed to a HIGHER GPA than 2.4, click here to get the full information.

What is the GPA for Teachers' Colleges in PNG?

The GPA for teachers' colleges in PNG complies with the DHERST (Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology). The threshold was 2.0, but the Department of Education  (which employs and registers teachers) has raised it to 2.4, see the news article.

Also, there are two important factors that can affect your selection to a teachers' college in PNG. 

  • Firstly, a threshold GPA is like the borderline - as an applicant you want to have a GPA that is higher than the threshold to increase your chance of being selected. 
  • Secondly, your grades should indicate consistency. For example, your selection may be placed in a pool or disregarded if you achieve great marks in most subjects - which are likely to give you a good GPA - but your English and Literature mark is terrible.

There is more to being selected than GPA. A good GPA increases your chance of being selected, but it is not the only determining factor. There is more decision-making involved in the selection process. 

GPA for Teachers College in PNG application Form PDF 2024 download

Government scholarship TESAS 

Note that the government scholarship TESAS (Tertiary Education School Assistance Scheme) recommends a GPA of 2.0 or higher. 

You can be on TESAS when entering a teachers' college with a GPA above the threshold, yet if you do not maintain it in your first year, you'll have to go by as a self-sponsored student.

So, it is important to get a GPA above 2.0 and perform consistently across all your subjects in Grade 12 if you want to study at a teachers' college in PNG.

How to apply to a teacher's college as a school leaver?

Applying to a teacher's college as a Grade 12 school leaver is easy. You'll have to do that at your school with the help of your teacher through the login portal.

Your school's deputy academic and class patron will assist you in making your choices. 

A top tip here is to make teachers' college your first choice if you want to become a teacher in PNG. 

How to apply to a teacher's college as a non-school leaver?

Non-school leavers are the Grade 12 students who completed school in the last five years or those who upgraded their marks at FODE and want to study at a college in PNG. 

If you are an NSL, you'll have to apply directly to the college you wish to study. It will have the latest application form, school fee info and other admission details you need to know before applying.

Here is a link to help you prepare.

How to check your name in Teachers' College Selection 2024?

The DHERST selects the Grade 12 school leavers based on the choices on the online application portal. It also compiles non-school leavers selection lists for the colleges.

The teachers' college selections for 2024 will come out with the respective heading - school leavers (for the current Grade 12) and non-school leavers (for those who have completed Grade 12 in the last five years)

Also, check to make sure you are on TESAS. If you are not on TESAS, you will be a SELF-SPONSORED student.

How Many Teachers' Colleges are in PNG?

Wondered how many teachers' colleges are in PNG? There are 16 recognised teachers' colleges in the country that take in students yearly. (Note that several teachers' colleges are not recognised by the Department of Higher Education, DHERST)

Also, the colleges are located in each of the regions. Check the college that is closer to where you are.


Balob Teachers College

Madang Teachers College

Rev Maru Teachers College

DWU St Benedicts Kaindi Teachers College


Enga Teachers College

Dauli Teachers College 

Simbu Teachers College

Holy Trinity Teachers College

Southern Highlands Teachers College

Melanesian Nazarene Teachers College


Gaulim Teachers College

Sonoma Adventist Teachers College

DWU OLSH Kabaleo Teachers College

St Peter Channel College of Secondary Teacher Education


PNG Education Institute

Sacred Heart Teachers College BOMANA

teachers colleges in PNG GPA 2023 - 2024

School leavers and non-school leavers info

Important disclaimer:

Note that this is not a formal advisory from any teachers' college in PNG. It is only a piece of general information based on insights on education & development information this blog has provided for over 10 years.

This information points you in the right direction as you make your choices and anticipate your selection.

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