Universities and higher learning institutions will need to open their doors to more students from 2015 onwards, says Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister Malakai Tabar.
Mr Tabar said he and his departmental secretary David Kavanamur have been tasked by the government to make sure this happens in a bid to increase intake of Grade 12 students into higher learning institutions.
He said out of every 20,000 Grade 12 students who complete their education each year, only 8000 are accepted to universities and higher institutions.
The rest are left to pursue their education on their own, he added.
He said his department is now in the process of negotiating with universities and higher learning institutions to make sure this takes place as of next year.
Mr Tabar made this announcement at Vunamarita ward in the Lassul-Baining LLG as part of his electoral visit.
He presented RESI funds to Vunamarita primary school and pledged more support towards education.
Meanwhile, Mr Tabar has called on parents to look after their children and support them in their education so that they develop their learning and mental skills.
He said he would like to see more children from his electorate and from the province, particularly those living in the rural areas score higher grades to progress onto universities and higher learning institutions.
Mr Tabar, an educationist by profession, urged parents to help and support their children to build an interest in sciences and mathematics because these were the subjects which would enable students to get to universities.
"I would like to call on all our parents to assist our children to grow and create a mentality and interest in the subjects of science and mathematics and I would like to see more students score higher grades so they can attend universities."
He said research has shown that the country’s mathematics performance has declined and in 2010 alone the proportion of students taking major mathematics declined from 57 percent to 27 percent in 2012.
He called on headmasters and board of management of primary schools to improve their management especially in using and acquitting RESI funds which Gazelle district administration continues to provide to the 63 primary schools in the district each year.
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