Student Selection Now Online
By PETER ESILA (The National )
THE government’s online selection for grade 12 school leavers entering tertiary institutions has been launched with the final acceptance list expected next week.
Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister Pila Niningi said questions raised on the accountability and transparency of the selection process would be a thing of the past.
“I hope today will be where the success story begins,” he said.
“Our objective is to promote transparency, accountability and most importantly increase the probability of capable and eligible school leavers in being admitted while ensuring institutions’ autonomy in the selections process is maintained.”
The event was witnessed by Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas and 100 selectors from accredited institutions who entered their selection criteria and quotas into the system.
“What it is doing is selecting the students, the best candidates,” he said.
“If it is not the first preference, it goes to the second and third preference.”
Department Secretary Fr Jan Czuba said the government would reduce costs by around K6 million annually.
“That’s how much it cost to select students,” Czuba said.
“So next year, all the institutions will be selecting students from their own officers. This is a significant event in our country and in the higher education sector.”
Czuba said the list would be finalised next week depending on the institutions which would send the list confirmed by the system.
“We want parents to know before Christmas when will their children go and to which institution so they can make preparations,” he said.