By Meriba Tulo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
For one school in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the recent changes to the school leaver application process have been welcomed with open arms.
Year 12 students, as well as teachers, have welcomed the online application process that is being implemented this year.
According to the School Principal, Lucy Oata, the online selection process makes it more flexible for students to consider their options for tertiary studies, with a three-month window for students to finalize their choices.
Recently, the year 12 students of Hutjena Secondary School sat for their Written Expression Exams – the first in their final assessment, in their quest to further their education at the tertiary level.
For Hutjena Secondary, this year marks an exciting change for year 12 students, as they will now complete their school leaver forms online – a change from the previous manual process.
Mr. Tsora adds, that the online process now is also more flexible, as it provides a three-month window for students to complete their choices for tertiary studies.
This window opened on August 1st and will close at the end of October.
Whilst there may be security concerns, the school, like many others around the country, have taken steps to prevent the manipulation of the process by issuing individual tokens through respective class patrons.
All in all, there is optimism that this new online method will make it fairer in the selection process for students at the tertiary level.