Showing posts with label Grade point Average. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grade point Average. Show all posts

How to calculate GPA in PNG - Unitech, PAU, UPNG, UoG, WPU, UNRE, DWU, PAU

Grade Point Average (GPA) is converting your grades to an average value by using the Grade Points System explained below. But first, it is useful to know your GPA value for the purpose of selection to a tertiary institution, applying for a scholarship or finding a job. (Click here for the reasons why you should know your GPA).

Grade 12 Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Grade 12 Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated based on certified grades students get having sat the national exams for each subject studied at the upper secondary school. 

Take for instance, a student's subject combination is Language and Literature, Mathematics A, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics at Grade 12 in a particular year. 

The certified grades from the student's subject combination were as follow: 


1. Language and Literature    = A
2. Mathematics A                    = B
3. Physics                               = C
4. Chemistry                           = D
5. Economics                          = E

This particular student's GPA is 2.

How to calculate GPA in PNG

Here is how the calculation was done based on the Grade points between 4 and 0. 

GPA for  Unitech, PAU, UPNG, UoG, WPU, UNRE, DWU, PAU

Hope this helps as you attempt to find out your GPA. If you have any questions relating to GPA and selection to tertiary institutions, kindly see the discussions here

TESAS: Grade 12 Guide to Securing a Tertiary Institution Government Scholarship

GPA for  Unitech, PAU, UPNG, UoG, WPU, UNRE, DWU, PAU

You were a Grade 12 student. Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is above 2.00. Yet you were not selected to continue higher education. Potentially, you can enter a tertiary institution in the country.

I do not want to raise your hopes too high. If you have a GPA below 2.00 - 2.50 you will find it very hard to enter a tertiary institution. This post aims to help the Grade 12 students who have a GPA between 2.00 and 3.00 and dropped out of the education system. 

  • If you do not know your GPA, see how to calculate it ⇦. 

In fact, there are many students who tried again and were fortunate to enter universities and colleges in the country. You can also do the same to secure yourself not only space but also a government scholarship - HECAS.

Research the program of your choice thoroughly

First, research the program of your choice thoroughly. The students' services and administration officers will provide the necessary help.  Start with the answers to the following questions before completing and submitting the application form:
  • What is the minimum GPA requirement? This question will help you to identify whether you are a hot, warm or cold applicant.
  • How many spaces are available? Knowing the number of intakes every year gives the applicant a picture of the space there are. According to the 12 Grade stats, five students are applying for every space available under government scholarships.
  • When is the closing date for submission? Getting the time right is important too - your application must not be too early nor too late.
  • What to do when you've made submission? Always follow up with the Students Services or Administration for updates. 
  • What if you are not selected having applied? Do not stop there. If you have done the first three steps properly (and are convinced you are the likely candidate), go to the institution and demand the reason why your application was rejected. This must be done before the start of the academic year.

Make every effort to secure a government scholarship

Second, make every effort to secure a government scholarship for the program on successful application. It is tight to get a Higher Education Contribution Assistance Scheme (HECAS) scholarship especially if you are a non-Grade 12 school leaver. That means that you will have to sponsor yourself during the first year of your study. 

Once the door is opened for you, get in, do well academically and apply for a second-year scholarship. Make no mistake, you must perform well and maintain your GPA in the first year. 

Importantly, on successful completion of semester one ask your lecturers, Admin and Student Services staff for help with completing an application for securing your scholarship. 

Complete the application form for tertiary students scholarship offered by the PNG government and submit the application around May/June to the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) in Port Moresby.

Follow up with DHERST Scholarship Office 

Always follow up immediately and on regular basis to find out about your applications. Thimon is one of the best persons to help you. His email is Thimon.Bune@dherst.gov.pg. 

To ask for application forms call 301 2052  or email ask@dherst.gov.pg. More information on government yearly scholarships ( TESAS, AES, and HECAS) can be found on the DHERST website


About PNG Insight
PNG Insight is an education blog. It aims to highlight the key developments in the education sector in Papua New Guinea. Started in 2014 on Google's blogger (now self-hosted on WordPress), PNG Insight strives to be a platform for critical thinking and discussions; and a source of information.


You can follow us on Twitter (@PNG_Insight) for the information on Education and Development in Papua New Guinea.

GRADE 12 SLF GRACE PERIOD: How to Adjust Choices on School Leavers Form


The school leavers' choices every Grade 12 student make each year is important. Many good students missed out on being selected, simply because they have not received proper guidance to make the right choice on the School Leavers Form (SLF).

Grade 12 SLF Guide Hint and Tips

I believe if the right direction was provided by the education leaders, students with good marks will increase their chances of entering a higher learning institution.

Good marks are marks with a GPA above the required GPA for higher education entry. For example, one school leaver said:

'I have a GPA of 2.8 and I cannot be offered a space in any of these (higher) institutions...confused?'

A GPA of 2.8 would mean that the student scored Bs and higher Cs. But, why had the student missed the selection to a university, or college, or vocational centre on government scholarship?

There are two important factors that disadvantaged capable students from entering the universities, colleges, or vocational and technical colleges:

1. The increasing number of students passing out of grade 12.

Take a look at the graph and you will realise that the number of students has increased since 2014. By contrast, spaces at tertiary institutions remained relatively low - only 20% of students were selected to continue after Grade 12 each year between 2014 and 2016. 

Unlike the 80s and 90s when there was a handful of National High Schools, today many secondary schools have been established in every province in the country. As the number of secondary schools increases, the number of students also increases. The competition is stiff. 

That is for every space available at a tertiary institution (under HECAS), five students are applying for it. 

2. Students choices on the  SLF

In fact, a 'funnel effect' takes hold where only the student with very good Grade 12 marks and good choices on SLF gets the preference during selections for university or college entries. It is absolutely important that you get both factors (Grade 12 marks +  SLF choice) right. 

Do not let your years of hard work and good marks go to waste. If you are an A, or B or C+ student, follow this rule-of-thumb to get a government scholarship into a tertiary institution:

  • SLF Choice 1 -    University
  • SLF Choice 2 -    College/Technical Institute 
  • SLF Choice 3 -    Vocational/Technical Centre

3. STAT- Test

The third and most important point to consider when applying for UNITECH or UOG is to sit for the STAT-P (aptitude) test if you are a School Leaver; or the entrance exam if you are a non-SL. All principals and deputy principal academic have to ensure their students intending to attend UNITECH or UOG must sit the entry test - it is mandatory.

It is anticipated that the University of Natural Science and Environment will also conduct entry tests in the future. Get more details on STAT-P, click HERE.

For the non-school leavers, avoid putting a university program as your second choice on your SLF - you are NOT going to make it. University choice on the SLF must be choice #1 if you believe that you will 'smash' the end of the year Grade 12 examinations.

Grade 12 Grade Period - Adjusting Choice

DHERST has not given students the opportunity to adjust their choice. The online School Leavers Choice system makes it easy for students to do just that - changing the choice on you SLF. 

This is plus for students as it gives you the best chance to match your Grade 12 final marks to the institutions of your choices as discussed in point 2, above.

About PNG Insight

PNG Insight is an education blog. It aims to highlight the key developments in the education sector in Papua New Guinea. Started in 2014 on Google's blogger (now self-hosted on WordPress), PNG Insight strives to be a platform for critical thinking and discussions; and a source of information.

You can follow us on Twitter (@PNG_Insight) for the information on Education and Development in Papua New Guinea.


UNITECH Selection: Schools Ranked By Number of School Leavers Selected

Once again the University of Technology (UNITECH) released 2017 undergraduate acceptance list to parents and sponsors in a timely manner. Well done, UNITECH. 

Nearly 500 grade 12 students were selected from 95 secondary and national high schools. Last year's school ranks can be found here.

PNG Insight would like to not only acknowledge the Top 10 performing schools in the country;  but also mention Menyamya and Okapa Secondary Schools for sending two students, each, to UNITECH. 

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


No. of Students Selected

Schools

Ranked by No. of Stds Selected

No. of Students Selected

Schools

Ranked by No. of Stds Selected

51
 Sogeri National High
1





47
 Port Moresby National High
2

2
 Ecom Secondary
53

29
 Lae Secondary
3

2
 Anglimp Secondary
53

26
Hagen Park Secondary
4

2
 AOG Secondary
53

23
Mt Hagen Secondary
5

2
 Arawa Secondary
53

21
Goroka Secondary
6

2
 Grace Memorial Secondary
53

20
 Wawin National High
7

2
 Hoskins Secondary
53

18
 Kerevat National High
8

2
 Ialibu Secondary
53

16
 Aiyura National High
9

2
 Kimbe IEA High
53

12
 Gordon Secondary
10

2
 Kitip Secondary
53

12
 Kopen Secondary
10

2
 Laloki Secondary
53

10
 Jubilee Secondary
12

2
 Menyamya Secondary
53

 10
 Busu Secondary
12

2
 Mesauka Seconday
53

8
 Bishop Wade (Tarlena
14

2
 Okapa Secondary
53

8
 St Joseph's International Catholic College
14

2
 Paglum Adventist Secondary
53

8
 Wabag Secondary
14

2
 Rosary Secondary
53

8
  Marianville Secondary 
14

2
 St Xavier's Secondary
53

7
 Mendi Secondary
18

2
 Tari Secondary
53

7
Kerowagi Secondary
19

2
 Togoba Secondary
53

7
Wabag Secondary
19

2
 Utu Secondary
53

6
 Gerehu Secondary
19

2
 Vunabosco Agro-Technical Sec.
53

6
  Port Moresby International High
19

2
 Wabag Secondary
53





2
Kabiufa Secondary
53

5
Benabena Secondary
23

2
Kimbe IEA High
53

5
 Highlands Lutheran International
23

2
  Kitip Secondary
73

5
 Kila Kila Secondary
23

1
 Jiwaka Christian Grammar Secondary
73

5
 Malala Secondary
23

1
Cameron Secondary
73

5
 Muaina Secondary
23

1
 Kagua Secondary
73





1
 Kainantu Tech. Secondary
73

5
 Yauwe Moses Secondary
23

1
 Karkar Secondary
73

4
 Bumayong Secondary
31

1
  Dregerhafen Secondary
73

4
 De La Salle Secondary
31

1
 Kimbe Secondary
73

4
 Fr Peter  Secondary
31

1
Iarowari Secondary
73

4
 Mogol Secondary
31

1
 Kiunga Secondary
73

4
 Port Moresby Grammar
31

1
 Kwikila Secondary
73

4
 St Paul's Lutheran Secondary
31

1
 Kwip Dau Secondary
73

4
 Tusbab Secondary
31

1
 Lihir Secondary
73

4
 Tusbab Secondary
31

1
 Magarima Secondary
73





1
 Maprik Secondary
73

4
  Don Bosco Technical Sec.
31

1
 Markham Valley Secondary
73

3
 Bugandi Secondary
40

1
 Mt Wilhelm Sercondary
73

3
 Coronation International High
40

1
 OLSH Secondary
73

3
Asaroka Luth. Secondary
40

1
 PNG Paradise Secondary
73

3
 Goroka Secondary
40

1
 Popondetta Secondary
73

3
 Gumine Secondary
40

1
 St Gabriel Technical Secondary
73

3
 Minj Secondary
40

1
 St Michael Brahman Secondary
73

3
 Notre Dame Secondary
40





3
 Passam National High
40

1
 Waghi Valley Secondary
73

3
 St Ignatius' Secondary
40

1
 Wapenamanda Foursquare Secondary
73

3
 Tokarara Secondary
40

1
 Wesley Secondary
73

      3  Utmei Secondary       40

1
 Yangoru Secondary
73

Summary: 495 school leavers selected from 95 schools in the country