Grade eight students in the country will proceed to straight to grade nine in the future.
Acting Education Minister, James Marape, announced this during the Waigani Christian School graduation ceremony today.
The initiative will be trialed at the Waigani Christian School for its grade eights this year before being rolled out to schools throughout the country.
The announcement came at the back of increased grade eight drop outs in the country under the current education system.
Mr. Marape says, this is part of governments’ plan of reforming the basic education system.
Students will no longer have to leave after grade eight but after grade 12.
The concept will be piloted first by the Waigani Christian School in Port Moresby and if all goes well, it will be rolled out to schools nationwide.
Mr. Marape says, this will enable the government to focus on funding to keep more students in school.
But with the already increasing student numbers in schools, there are concerns this may add to the burden.
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