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

TESAS AWARD HECAS AES

 

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 APPLICATION FORM

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.

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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. 
FODE APPLICATION FORM 2021


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.

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This announcement was originally published on UPNG website.