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Institutions Undergo 2-day Training Before Online Selections Begin

By Staycey Yalo, EMTV News, Port Moresby

Selectors from Higher Learning Institutions had undergone a two-day introduction to the Electronic Selection System that will be launched tomorrow by the Higher Education Minister, Pila Niningi.

Representatives from the six major universities and other technical and business institutions under the DHERST were present during the past two days of induction.

The online selection is the first of its kind that the DHERST is introducing to deal with fairness, accountability, and capacity issues during selections.

The workshop is aimed to train and prepare PNG’s higher education selectors on using the online selection program.

This year, just over 28,000 students were nominated to sit for Grade 12 examinations. Minister for Higher Education Research Science and Technology, Pila Niningi said the rapid growth of the Tuition Fee Free Policy, is astounding and that the sector has to move to a stage where it could improve to be more honest and transparent.

The two days saw selectors entering their criteria and their school’s quota where the system using an algorithm, that comes up with the list of selected students based on their marks and the institution’s criteria.

Looking forward, DHERST hopes to have selections done in respective provinces instead of travelling to Port Moresby.

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