By Staycey Yalo, EMTV News, Port Moresby
The country’s first online selection of students for higher education institutions was launched today by Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Pila Niningi.
Minister Niningi says the strategic plan developed is to help as many students as possible gain entry into universities and colleges, to offer a quality education and most importantly, to help students succeed once they enrol.
Minister Niningi and Governor of Enga, Sir Peter Ipatas launched the online selection system.
By next week, 28,000 school leavers of 2017 will know their fate.
The launching and the official online selection took place today in the presence of stakeholders, Higher Education Institutions, Governor of Enga, and staff of DHERST.
Minister Niningi hopes to have the entire higher education sector connected to ICT-based learning and teaching to deal with complaints of nepotism-related complaints during manual marking.
Once the list of students has been identified by the system, the institutions will then pick out their candidates. DHERST Secretary Professor, Fr. Jan Czuba, says the list will then be verified by DHERST before being published.
Fr. Czuba also added that by next year DHERST will have Higher Learning Institutions do ticket arrangements for their students. He said funding will be made available to schools who can then organise their own students.