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April 10, 2021
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Revise National Examination and 2020 Academic Year Term Dates

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The Minister for Education Hon. Joseph Yopyyopy, MP issued directions for schools to return to normal on 9 June 2020. Consequently, the Secretary has issued administrative instructions to all schools under the National Education System on the resumption of classes, revised term dates, and national examination dates.

All schools were instructed to resume normal classes and lessons as of June 9, 2020.

This means all programmed and timetabled teaching and learning activities per day and per week must be covered every week from Monday to Friday.  All schools must review and reprogram teaching and learning programmes to cover lost lessons by adding additional periods, including takeaway homework and other suitable strategies. Internal assessment dates can be adjusted accordingly.

The revised School Term dates for the remainder of the 2020 academic year are as follows:

Terms Original Dates Revised Dates No. of Weeks Term Breaks
Term 2 April 27 – July 03 May 04 – July 10 10 weeks (13 – 17 July 2020)
Term 3 July 20 – Sept. 18 July 20 – Sept. 25 10 weeks (28 Sept. – 02 Oct.)
Term 4 Sept. 28 – Dec. 11 Oct. 05 – Dec. 11 10 weeks (Beginning 14 Dec. 2020 – 29 Jan 2021)

 

Meanwhile, the national examination dates have been revised as per the table below:

 

Examination Original Date New Date Extended By:
Grade 10 Written Expression 4 June 2020 July 2, 2020 4 weeks
Grade 12 Written Expression 3 August 2020 August 17, 2020 2 weeks
Grade 10 Examinations 5 – 9 October 2020 October 19 – 23, 2020 2 weeks
Grade 12 Examinations 12 – 16, October 2020 October 26 – 30, 2020 2 weeks
Grade 8 Examinations 19 – 22, October 2020 November 2 – 5, 2020 2 weeks

 

Schools are also directed to comply with the “New NORMAL” coronavirus prevention and control protocols. Directions in the Ministerial Policy Statement (MPS) No. 4/2020 and Secretary’s Circular Instructions No. 5/2020 will remain in force from now and onwards.

Schools, parents, and the general public are asked to email any queries related to these changes to enquiries@education.gov.pg.

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