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Papua New Guinea abolish Grade 8 and 10 Examinations

Staff Reporter 12/15/2015 | |
THE country’s national examination system for Grades Eight and Ten students has been abolished.
Instead, it will be compulsory for students to continue on to complete Grade 12 and regardless of poor performances.
Education Secretary Dr Uka Kombra announced this but stressed that the real challenge to the government policy was the lack of infrastructure to cater for the increased number of students. Currently, there is no capacity in all existing schools to cater for more students in terms of classrooms, dormitories, equipment and other necessities. Mr Kombra said there is an urgent need to build more infrastructure to cater for the extra 50 per cent intake in all secondary and high schools.

In a related matter, Mr Kombra also announced the abolishing of grade 10 intakes for teacher training.
He said the requirement has been upgraded to Grade 12 level. He said teaching positions in secondary and high schools will require degree qualifications with the aim of improving the quality of education. Mr Kombra said technical schools and colleges were other options for students who wished to further their education if they encounter difficulties during studies. He also said the purpose of the new changes was to eliminate the high rate of school leavers returning to the village with nothing to do. He said that the secondary and high school selection process also contributed to the high number of school leavers and should now be a thing of the past.

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