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When is University of Goroka (UoG) 2023 Non-School Leavers Acceptance Lists Coming Out?

There are three weeks before the start of the 2023 academic year for PNG universities and colleges. Most higher education institutions released their new intake and continuing students lists, but the University of Goroka (UoG) has yet to release the Non-School Leavers acceptance list for 2023.

Update: UoG just released the 2023 Acceptance list (20/01/2023), download the list here

Registration Dates are as follows: 6th February 2023 for First Years and 13-17 February 2023 for Continuing Students. 

For New Intakes, you have less than 20 days to get ready and go to UoG.

When is UoG releasing 2023 NSL acceptance list?
If you are a non-school leaver, Grade 12 school leavers or pre-service and in-service continuing student, leave a comment about your experience and what you think in the comment section below.

University of Goroka non school leavers acceptance list


UoG 2023 Non-School Leavers Acceptance List

The University of Goroka 2023 Non-School Leavers List is not released. Many pre-service and in-service NSL applicants are anticipating the list to come out because it is now the third week of January 2023. 

Other PNG universities and colleges have released their NSL and continuing student lists. Also, DHERST released (19/01/2023) the TESAS Award List for all the students on HECAS and AES.

Note that the selection of non-school leavers is the sole responsibility of UoG. The university's selection committee and department heads have a say on NSL selection, not DHERST. When the list does not come out on time, there is something not right with the non-school leavers' selectors.

No one really knows when the UoG non-school leavers selection for 2023 is coming out.

It would be better if the university council puts out a notice explaining the cause of the delay and clearly states when the NSL list is coming out! Sadly, it seems too late now that DHERST has released the TESAS Awards List 2023.

UoG 2023 Pre-service and In-service Continuing Students List

The University of Goroka did well in 2021 when they informed the continuing students about their progression status just before they left for the Christmas holiday. This was due to COVID-19 measures, but it worked well because there was less pressure on Students Admin during the 2022 registration week. 

It seems that UoG did not do the same in 2022 which is why many continuing students are also waiting for the progression list to come out for 2023.

If you are waiting for UoG 2023 Continuing Students List to come out, you are better off going to the university and finding out yourself. 

If you are unable to travel to UoG, call a friend or UoG on 532 1863 to find out. That way, you'll get some closure as you prepare for the 2023 academic year to start.

New Intake School Leavers 2023 - University of Goroka

The list of Grade 12 School leavers 2023 intake was released by DHERST on the 23rd of December 2022. 

By now, the UoG school leavers should receive their acceptance letters. You should know about the 2023 UoG fees, admission information and when to arrive at the university for registration.

UoG News Updates 2023

UoG website is an important platform where students (new and continuing), parents/guardians and stakeholders get official news and updates. It needs updating, especially at this time.

The University of Goroka website (news section) was last updated on the 12th of January 2023 with the list of Exclusion and Terminated students.

When is UoG 2023 Non-School Leavers Acceptance Lists Coming Out?

Three weeks before the 2023 academic year starts, many are asking the question - is it late. Sadly, it is late now - the delay can cause a lot of anxiety among NSL applicants and DHERST has released the TESAS Awards List.

More so, what about the self-sponsored students, overseas students, provincial government-sponsored students and new in-service students? It's a shame UoG cannot communicate vital admission information clearly and in a timely manner.

We would like to think that UoG will release the 2023 Non-School Leavers Acceptance list, including the Continuing Students and School Leavers' lists soon. 

Hope that UoG updates its website with the latest admission information this week so that students are informed of what is going on.

DHERST released TESAS Awards Lists

DHERST released the TESAS Award lists for new intakes (SL and NSL) and continuing students on the 19th of January 2023. Download the PDF lists on this page to check your names.

Note that the list of names is not arranged by your institution like in the past, but by the names of all the students in the country. It is going to take time to find your name. 

Use the PDF search (CTRL+F) and search your SLF number or your full name - this way, you'll find your name quickly.

University of Goroka (UoG) 2023 Selection Lists

 The Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST) released the FULL list of School Leavers for all the tertiary institutions in the country on the 23rd of December 2022. 

PNG Insight noted that, unlike the past years, the selection lists for tertiary institutions were published as a Microsoft Excel file. You may have difficulty seeing your names on smaller screens. Here is the UoG selections list 2022 for 2023 academic year.


UoG Non-School Leavers - what do you think about the delay? Read this post & comment

University of Goroka (UoG) 2023 Non-School Leavers Selection Lists

University of Goroka (UoG) 2023 Selection Lists

Tips for checking your selection status:
  • 1) Download the PDF file
  • 2) In the 'Find' bar (smartphones) or 'Search bar (PC/Mac)m enter your SLF number
  • 3) Hit 'Enter' to check your selection status. 

If your SLF number does not appear, it means that you are not being selected to UoG for 2023.

UoG HECAS & AES List 2023 

The university will also release its final list for the new academic year on its website. On the list, you'll be able to see your TESAS (HECAS & AES) status, registrations and orientation dates and fees.

Therefore, check with the university for the 2023 selections lists which usually come out in January.

Here is what DHERST said about this year's selections...

All the selected students are advised to seek your Admission or Acceptance Letter with the tertiary institution that has selected you. now, most institutions should be posting or emailing you your Admission or Acceptance Letters.

As for the School Leavers selections for 2023, here is what DHERST said...

Post-selection is still in progress through the National Admission Pool. Eligible students who did not secure a space on the selection launching day should check your NOAS account on a regular basis to see whether or not you have been sent an offer by an institution. Should you find an offer in your NOAS account, kindly accept or decline the offer by clicking on the relevant button.


Here is what DHESRT said about the PNG government scholarships, TESAS and HELP...

The TESAS list will be published on the 3rd week of January 2023 and the TESAS Scholarship Offer Letter will be provided to the TESAS awardees by DHERST through your respective NOAS account. If you find your name under a TESAS scholarship (AES or HECAS) category, make sure to access your NOAS account to accept the terms and conditions of your TESAS scholarship.

The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is available to all students regardless of whether you are on TESAS or not. To be eligible for the loan, interested applicants must become registered students by complying with the tertiary institutions' admission or registration policies.

For more information about the selections, HELP or TESAS, please do not hesitate to contact our office via email,; call 301 2000; or visit the office in person at the NSLS Haus, DHERST Ground Floor Office.

Disclaimer: The list was published by DHERST, you can see the original file on the higher education website. PNG Insight makes the file available in PDF for ease of viewing on mobile devices here. If you have any questions, contact DHERST. See the original file here - DHERST website.

UoG 2023 Non-school Leavers and School Leavers Acceptance Info - University of Goroka

UoG Students Acceptance 2023: The information presented below is a compilation of news and instructions about the University of Goroka (UoG) selections. 

The information is for non-school leavers (who have applied to UoG) and school leavers who applied through DHERST's NOAS (National Online Application System). 

Dec 2022 UPDATE: PNG Insight updated this article since DHERST released the school leavers selection lists for 2023. You can download the 2022 UoG SL Selection Lists PDF for the 2023 Academic Year via this link. As for NSL students, check out this article.

2023 University of Goroka Application Form

2023 Univesity of Goroka (UoG) selections info

If you are a non-school leaver and have applied to UoG, the university (UoG) will inform you when you are accepted into their program. For example, if you submitted the 2023 UoG non-school leaver application, you'll hear directly from UoG - not from DHERST.

The university will directly inform you via the acceptance letter and/or by publishing the acceptance list on their website. Then, you must accept the Offer Letter and let the uni know about your intention to take up the offer immediately.

In 2020, the university informed its Continuing Students about their status before they left for the holiday. That was the best thing you had done because reduces the stress on UoG Admin during registration early in 2023.

Acceptance lists for 2023

The University of Goroka offers Diploma, Technical, Bachelor, Bachelor (Professional), Bachelor (Honours), Post-Graduate Diploma, and Masters programs.

Here is what UoG says about its programs:

The University of Goroka offers Specialized Degree, and Diploma Programs in the School of Education, School of Humanities, School of Science and Technology, Institute of Technical Vocational Education and Training, Institute of Post Graduate Studies, Institute of Distance and Flexible Learning, and UOG Enga Campus.

The University accepts the:
  • School leavers (Grade 12 school leavers seeking admission in the next immediate year) and;
  • Non-School leavers (Grade 12 passed-outs, other than school leavers) for admission into its Diploma, Bachelor and Bachelor (Professional) programs.

2023 UoG selections: Grade 12 students SL vs Non-school Leavers

Note that UoG works with DHERST to select Grade 12 students. In fact, UoG sends its *quota* to DHERST which then uses the online school leavers' choices to select the students for the academic year 2023. 

The final selection list is usually published by DHERST. 

So, if you are a Grade 12 student or a student classified as School Leaver, you'll have to check the higher education website.

As for Non-school Leavers, the selection is predominantly done by UoG. Whether you are applying for a diploma, first-degree program or post-graduate program, you'll have to check the UoG website for your name.

UoG non-school leavers and continuing students, here is an article about the delay in release of the 2023 lists - read this article.

UoG Non-school Leavers Acceptance List 2023

Due to limited space and resources, the University of Goroka can only admit a limited number of new students into various programmes of study. As a result, competition is very high and priority is given to those with higher GPAs. 

Those seeking enrolment must satisfy the UoG admission requirement.

The Non-School Leavers are selected based on their application in response to the University’s advertisement every year. The university does the selection and informs the students by publishing the 2023 non-school leavers acceptance list on each university's website. 

If you have any questions about the 2023 Grade 12 selection process, PDF list, etc., please leave a comment below or check out this latest update on PNG Universities Non-School Leavers Selection.

School Leavers Acceptance List

As mentioned earlier, the School leavers (Grade 12 Students) are selected based on their options provided through the Department of Higher Education. DHERST does the selection online and informs the students of their AES or TESAS statuses.

The 2023 school leavers' selection list will be published on the DHERST website like it did in the past unless things have changed. However, it seems that the selection will continue as normal this year. 

Non-school Leavers Acceptance letters

The University sends offer/acceptance letters to all candidates selected for various programs in addition to advertising the names of selected candidates for various programs in the prominent newspapers in the Country. 

The candidates who accept the offer letters are requested to pay the relevant yearly fee in full and register themselves for the program for which they are accepted usually in February of the year concerned. 

The process of admission ends with the registration of the students for the program for which they are accepted.

You can also find out about the other PNG Universities and their 2023 selections on this information page.

2023 UoG New Intake Acceptance Lists OUT NOW

The University of Goroka (UoG) publishes the yearly acceptance lists in two parts every year.  In 2021, the university announced the 'status' of the continuing students before they left for the Christmas Holiday. It relieved the UoG Admin during the heavy registration period when the academic year resumed. 

Dec 2022 UPDATE: PNG Insight updated this article since DHERST released the non-school leavers and school leavers selection lists for 2023. You can download the 2022 UoG SL Selection Lists PDF for the 2023 Academic Year via this link

UoG non-school leavers and continuing students, here is an article about the delay in the release of the 2023 lists - read this article.

Here are the school leavers and non-school leavers selection lists released by DHERST on the 21st and 23rd of December 2022:

UoG Non-school Leavers and School Leavers List

Firstly, the non-school leavers apply for a place 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).

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.

Past UoG Selections, Dates and Non-school Leavers Acceptance List

UOG 2023 non school leavers selection list pdf - Study Online in PNG
Past admission list

The final list for 2023 non-school leavers admission to the University of Goroka (UoG) normally comes out early in January. 

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 2023 Acceptance List Non-School Leavers info

  • The selection list can be accessed on the UoG website:
  • The Acceptance Letters from the University is sent to you in time before the 2023 Academic year. 
Please make the necessary arrangements as soon as you confirm your name on the University Acceptance list.

UoG Registration and Orientation dates 

  • January– February: Students start to arrive on campus. 
  • January: Deadline for payment. 
  • February: Orientation for all new students 
  • February: Registration for all New Intakes 
  • February: Registration for Continuing Students
  • February - March Late Registration Closes [Late Fee of K200.00] 
  • February: Semester One Lectures Commence

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

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 2023 PNG Universities Selection info we compiled last year. 

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 questions in relation to the 2023 UoG non-school leavers selection, contact the university directly; or leave a comment below for discussions.

UNITECH and UoG Yearly STAT-P Test - Is it Necessary?

The PNG University of Technology (UNITECH) and the University of Goroka (UoG) are the only tertiary institutions running the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) where candidates must book and pay a fee of K100 to sit the test. 

The two universities WILL ONLY CONSIDER grade 12 school leavers who sit the test.
UoT stat p test

1. Grade 12 School Leavers (SLs) 2020

The PNG University of Technology (UOT) will only consider applications of Grade 12 School Leavers (SLs) who sit the STAT P test in November 2020.

2. Grade 12 School Leavers (SLs) 2020 and Pre-Service Non-School Leavers

The University of Goroka (UOG) will only consider applications of Grade 12 School Leavers (SLs) and Pre-Service Non-School Leavers who sit the STAT P test in November 2020.

Here are some points/questions I have for discussion.

  •  Is this STAT-P mandatory? If so, why is it that other tertiary institutions are not conducting it?
  • If a very bright straight-A student does not sit this test, will he or she be denied a space because he/she did not sit the test?
  • On the other extreme, how about all the applicants to these two universities who sit the test but miss out on selection. What is the justification for collecting their K100 fess?
  • How will these two universities reach all secondary schools in the country, those in very remote schools, how will such students sit this expensive test?
  • Can the two universities (UNITECH and UoG) explain to the public about the importance of this test and how it will benefit these students over students in other institutions whose students don’t sit the test?
  • Is there any good reason why the government should not intervene in this expensive and unfair activity?
The post was originally posted on the Facebook discussion group by John Wanis.

IS STAT-P TEST NECESSARY ENTRY TEST FOR PNG INSTITUTIONS? Share your experiences and opinions. Leave a comment below.

UOG/Unitech Stat P Test Booking 2023

STAT P is a 2-hour, 10-minute exam that assesses verbal and quantitative reasoning skills. Specific subject knowledge is not tested in this exam. For information on how to prepare for the test, refer to the 'Prepare' section of this website.

uog stat p test booking 2023


Stat P test booking 2023 Test Dates

Note that the dates are based on 2019 - 2021 dates, so check your deputy principles for the latest dates

Test Dates 9 - 13 November

Please note, not all locations will run tests on all days.

Test Locations

Alotau, Buka, Daru Island, Goroka, Kavieng, Kimbe, Kiunga, Kokopo, Lae, Lorengau, Madang, Mendi, Mt Hagen, Popondetta, Port Moresby, Vanimo and Wewak.

Stat P Test Fee

K100 (to be paid AFTER booking).

This fee is non-refundable. Payments are due by 25 October 2020. Late payments cannot be accepted.

Payment queries should be directed to the STAT P Officer Queries should include your full name, STAT ID and a photo of your white, printed bank receipt.

Communications with STAT Office

All applicant communications from ACER will be through the ACER Account Messaging System.

Once applicants have created their ACER Account (part of the test booking process) they will have access to this messaging system.

To access 'Messages', login into your ACER User Account and click on the 'Messages' option at the top of the page.

Emails will only be sent if a valid email address has been provided in your ACER User Account. Emails are additional to messages sent to your ACER Account Messaging System. 

You can add an email address to your ACER Account yourself. Please see the Register webpage for details. Email addresses must be successfully validated before ACER will send communications to them. 

When you add an email address to your account, the system will automatically send you an email to 'validate your ACER account'. You must click on the link in the email to validate your account.

Requirements for entry to 2022 courses

  • Grade 12 School Leavers (SLs) 2020
The PNG University of Technology (UOT) will only consider applications of Grade 12 School Leavers (SLs) who sit the STAT P test in November 2020.
  • Grade 12 School Leavers (SLs) 2020 and Pre-Service Non-School Leavers
The University of Goroka (UOG) will only consider applications of Grade 12 School Leavers (SLs) and Pre-Service Non-School Leavers who sit the STAT P test in November 2020.
  • A Pre-Service Non-School Leaver is a person who completed grade 12 in a previous year but did not gain a place at any university yet.
This test is not for postgraduate, In-service or PDGE students.

University Admission/Selection Queries

For more information on admission to UOT or the selection process, please contact UOT directly:
Willeanna Gull (STAT P Officer): 
Phone 473 4286 or 473 4289 (8am - 4pm on weekdays) 


For more information on admission to UOG or the selection process, please contact UOG directly:
Yali Negere: Phone 531 1735 or Email:

For information on how to book or 2019 STAT P test results, refer to their website.

TESAS List Continuing Students DHERST Students Info

The secretary for the Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST), Professor Fr. Jan Czuba, congratulated and wished every continuing student the BEST in their studies. He also announced the approved list of continuing students who are on TESAS attending the Higher Education institutions in Papua New Guinea.

DHERST TESAS Award list for New Intakes (SL & NSL) and Continuing students for 2023 was released today - download the PDFs here 

tesas list for 2020 continuing students dherst
Screenshot | DHERST NEWS

Updated info on HELP students loan programs

Here are past news articles and information about DHERST HELP student loan programs that you should know when applying.

Continuing students - Notice

If you are a student with no names on the TESAS approved list of continuing students, here is what the department had to say...
Be advised that students whose name do not appear on the list will appear on the Supplementary List which will be published soon.
DHERST did not say exactly when the supplementary list will be published. In anticipation for the list to come out, please check the department's website. 

The department of higher education, DHERST, had appealed to the 'institutions who do not submit the list of continuing students to the department are advised to do so before the end of January 2020'. [Press Release, 03/01/2020]

Where to download continuing students TESAS award list

DHERST TESAS Award list for New Intakes (SL & NSL) and Continuing students for 2023 was released today - download the PDFs here 

How to check your name?

If you are a continuing student wanting to find out your name is on the TESAS Award PDF doc, follow these 5 steps to find out:
1. Open the Continuing Students TESAS Awards List, here (PDF, 99 pages).
2. Download the PDF file to your computer/smartphone/device
3. Save and open the award list
4. Use the 'Search' icon
5. Important: you must type in your full names (Surname & given name)

The names' print is very small. However, if you do follow the instruction, you are likely to find your name quickly.

When you have found your name, make sure you confirm the other details like the institution, program, year and award.

pdf tesas list for continuing students 2023

What does TESAS mean?

TESAS stands for Tertiary Education Students Assistance Scheme. There are two categories of TESAS. See this post for more info on TESAS

Perhaps it is important that new and continuing students at all the tertiary institutions inPNG are up-to-date the changes that are happening at present. Especially, the changes to TESAS and the introduction of the HELP student loan scheme.

One suggestion is to check the latest updates on the HELP scheme at DHERST website. The department has some updates on the changes in higher education tuition and the purported student loan scheme. Here is an online news article by NBC News (Reposted) - READ MORE. Some key points are listed in bullet points below.

About PNG Insight
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UNITECH Post Graduate Assistant Program applications, info and program list

2023 Application Form ONLINE UNITECH UOT

The University Graduate Assistantship Program (GAP) is a competitive postgraduate Scholarship Program that is available for exceptionally qualified Unitech graduates ONLY to Masters and PhD programs.

Shown is a list of PNG Unitech invites for applications to admission into the Postgraduate Programs and contact and other application info.

For the UNITECH application form click on this link.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD -Research)

a) Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture 
b) Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physics 
c) Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Sciences 
d) Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture 
e) Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering 
f) Doctor of Philosophy in Communication and Development Studies 
g) Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Communication Engineering
h) Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry
i) Doctor of Philosophy in Geomatics
j) Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
k) Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics 
l) Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering 
m) Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering 
n) Doctor of Philosophy in Surveying 
o) Doctor of Philosophy in Land Studies 

Master of Philosophy (MPhil - Research)

a) Master of Philosophy in Agriculture
b) Master of Philosophy in Applied Physics
c) Master of Philosophy in Applied Sciences
d) Master of Philosophy in Architecture
e) Master of Philosophy in Electrical and Communication Engineering
f) Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
g) Master of Philosophy in Forestry
h) Master of Philosophy in Information Technology
i) Master of Philosophy in Mathematics 
j) Master of Philosophy in Computer Science 
k) Master of Philosophy in Mining Engineering 
l) Master of Philosophy in Geomatics 
m) Master of Philosophy in Land Studies 
n) Master of Philosophy in Surveying 

Master’s Program (Course- Work)

a) Master of Science in Agriculture 
b) Master of Science in Applied Physics 
c) Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering 
d) Master of Science in Solid Waste and Resource Management 
e) Master of Science in Forestry 
f) Master of Technology in Mechanical Engineering 
g) Master of Communication Studies (MCS)

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD - Course Work)

a) Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture
b) Postgraduate Diploma in Forestry
c) Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics

UNITECH Post Graduate Assistant Program Entry Requirement

a) An Application for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy shall have a Master’s degree in a field of study related to the subject of the proposed research. Proven track record of research and working experiences are needed to apply for PhD. Candidates are strongly advised to contact the relevant department before submitting the application.

b) An application for admission to candidature for the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) shall have either:

i) A Merit degree or Postgraduate Diploma from a tertiary institution approved by the Postgraduate Committee, OR 
ii) A Bachelor degree of Honors standard from a tertiary institution approved by the Postgraduate Committee 
iii) Relevant first degree with an industry experience of more than two years.

c) An application for admission to candidature for the Course based Master program shall have either;
i) A Postgraduate Diploma of recognized tertiary institution, OR 
ii) A Bachelor degree of a tertiary institution in a recognized field of study appropriate to the proposed course of advanced study.

d) An application for admission to candidature for the Postgraduate Diploma shall have either:
i) A Bachelors degree of a tertiary institution approved by the Postgraduate Committee in a field of study appropriate to the course of advanced study proposed. 
ii) Final year students are also encouraged to apply.

Please visit for a copy of the application form or email:

For any information regarding PG program, email to:

Faxed application will not be accepted. A non-refundable application processing fee of K220 be deposited into; Unitech Trust Funds A/C: 0011188172, ANZ LAE.

Please send in duly completed applications along with copies of certificates, transcripts, and other necessary documents by July to the following address or email below;

Mr. Gabriel Paul 
Executive Officer 
Postgraduate Committee 
PNG University of Technology 
Private Mail Bag, Lae 411, M.P. 
Phone: 473 4280/4474 Fax: 475 7667 
Email: or

We also provide some background information of the 6 PNG universities here. Find out about the admissions and selections  for UPNG, UOG, UNRE, Unitech, DWU and PAU:


May was a sad month for many parents, sponsors and students. Normal classes would not resume anytime sooner as the prime minister didn’t respond to students petitions favorably. It appeared universities in Port Moresby, Lae, Goroka and Rabaul were still on strike, no classes for over three weeks.

Whilst the other universities have allowed students to remain on campus, UPNG’s senate (a group of senior management & lecturers) resolved to suspend semester one, indefinitely.  Appearing on the PNG Tonight Current Affairs program, UPNG acting Chancellor, Dr. Mann, told John Iggins that the suspension was to diffuse tension and give the senate time to adjust 2016 academic calendar. To effect their decision, the senate gave students 48 hours to vacate the campus. Senior leaders at UPNG have seen it fit to suspend semester, but is it the right decision? This post is my opinion on students strike and the likely consequences. 

There were several questions we should ponder in the light of any further action: if UPNG SRC successfully stayed the 48-hours eviction notice and remain on campus, what would the senate do to bring an amicable solution?; if UPNG SRC failed to stop the senate, students would return when the academic calendar was adjusted –  but when?; Can the senate guarantee that students would not go on strike again on return?; the worst case scenario was going to be suspension of 2016 academic year at UPNG, UNITECH, UoG and UoNRE.

I don’t think the government would allow for the later to happen because its impacts are unthinkable. If the strike continued to a point where academic year was cancelled, not only would the students be sent home but serious consequences may follow. We are likely to see non-certification of final year degree courses, cancelling of HECAS/AES or any government scholarship for the current students, forfeiting transport and accommodation privileges and other privileges provided to current students by the government. This means one thing: most students must return as self-sponsored students.

Not only would the students feel the pinch if the academic year ended prematurely, but the government would also have created a generational setback. Subsequently there was going to be a 4-year gap as far as each stage at university level was concerned. By this I mean, we would see competition between repeating students from years 1 – 4 (those that are currently on strike) and transitioning students (those who are moving into the system). This competition would leave many eligible students without a university place, thus creating a gap that could possibly have been avoided. Again, no one in their right mind would want to envision such setback.

The government’s efforts to improve education standard would fall back too. For example, current students at universities have transited through the Tuition Fee Free policy. It is the policy of the PNC government when it came to power. I don’t think the prime minister would happily let any university senate or council suspend 2016 academic year. He would not want to see the students who have gone through the TFF policy failed because they have not collected the required/recommended GPA.

Dr Kavanamur, on FM100 news (26.05.2016 @2pm), said that students degree would be invalid if they missed classes for up to five weeks. Students have been missing classes for over three weeks. The education secretary is right. For a uni student to be eligible for government scholarship, you’d have to score a GPA above 2.00, in UNITECH’s case it is 2.25. With continued non-attendance of classes, and obviously missed assessments, you’d have realized all students may fail their course work. So, it seemed adjusting the academic calendar could be an appropriate action to take to validate awards for each student wherever they were studying this year. But was it right to ask UPNG students to vacate the campus? Unfortunately, UPNG senate had brought upon itself more headache. The senate would be contemplating how to send everyone home, deal with sponsors, adjust academic calendar, recall them to resume classes and put-up with disgruntled students and stakeholders. It would do better if it only suspended the semester and adjusted the calendar whilst students were on-campus. It simply showed the senate was incapable of handling students’ issues within its precincts.

Perhaps the best thing to do now was for the senates to adjust the academic year and negotiated for students at the 4 main universities in the country to resume classes. The sooner the better. Many parents and other stakeholders would agree on this. Two parties were involved in this debacle. The senates was the middle men. So, what was the best thing the prime minister could do to ensure resumption of classes? How could each university senate/council facilitate an amicable solution, a win-win solution? 

This strike action was, in fact, a litmus test for show of strong leadership at both political and educational levels. If the students continued boycotting classes, it would only suggest that something wasn't right with leaders at both levels.