ONLY 4500 of the 17,000 students who sat for the national examinations last year were selected for tertiary institutions, a report has revealed.
The report was prepared by officials of the Office of Higher Education titled “2013-14 National selection performance analysis”.
It disclosed that this year, more than 23,000 Grade 12 students will sit for the national examinations.
OHE scholarship officer Terence Pogo said out of the 23,000, only 4000 to 5000 would enter tertiary institutions next year. He said the quota remained the same.
The report and another titled “Highlands region’s performance analysis” were presented during the Simbu Grade 12 career expo last Thursday.
Pogo encouraged the students to study hard and make the correct choices when filling their school leaver forms because they could make a big difference when selections were done.
Pogo said of the 17,014 Grade 12 students who sat for the national examinations, 12,462 students were not selected into tertiary institutions.
Pogo said out of the six highlands provinces – Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Enga, Southern Highlands, Simbu and Jiwaka – 5920 students sat for the Grade 12 exams in 2013.
Out of this, only 1517 students qualified and were selected into tertiary institutions, leaving out 4403 school leavers.
Pogo said an analysis of the Simbu schools showed that 889 Grade 12 students from five secondary schools in the province sat for the Grade 12 exam in 2013. But only 140 students got selected leaving 749 students out.
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