Sunday, 5 February 2017

Tuition Fee Free Education Policy - Parents Must Prepare For Uncertain 2017

Payment of Tuition Fee-Free funds to schools has always been an interesting issue among the key stakeholders. Schools skeptical of government's timely commitment and the decisions to pass project fees to parents to pay had been a hot topic among parents, schools and government since the policy's inception. 

The challenge to release funds on time to schools has not been addressed properly. That is why schools and boards are forced to pass fees onto parents. Nevertheless, the recent government's commitment to TFF education policy in the last 5 years (2012 - 2016) must be commended. Through thick and thin the academic year during those years have come to completion, with parents paying nothing. 

But, yet the impending problem still remains - school are not receiving TFF funds on time. This is evident in the PNG Teacher's Facebook discussion group (05.02.2017). One teacher called it a disgrace and reiterated this was the same problem all across the country. Under an hour the post got 15 Likes and a thread was forming. 



Surely lack of promptness is a disgrace. The continued delay of TFF funds payment to schools, even after the education secretary took to Post Courier's front page (31.01.2017) news shows something is not right. In hindsight it is not right to pass the blame around. It is only right to make sure schools have the funds to start each term, on day one of school year.


In fact, the TFF funds are always paid in quarterly installments every year - just before a term starts. This year 2017 is going to be challenging. Compared to the last past 5 years the government had some breathing spaces to gather funds to fund its TFF education policy. This year is the election year. Funds are going to be tight. In addition, the uncertainty of elections and formation of government after the 2017 General Elections, puts this education policy under spotlight. 

The education department must not be complacent! It has to have a contingency plan to not only complete the tuition fee-free year successfully, but also ensures parents are not fooled into paying school fees mid-year.  

The education system, going forward, has the challenge not to fool parents and sponsors. The department must now provide clear direction as far as schools fees and projects fees are concerned all throughout the election year.

The same challenge goes to parents and sponsors - save some money for you never know what's coming. 

Monday, 2 January 2017

2017 Divine Word University: Schools Sorted by Number of Grade 12 Students Selected

Divine Word University (DWU) released the school leavers acceptance list for 2017 academic year before the end of 2016, third to Unitech and University of Goroka.

Based on the 2017 selection [PDF), DWU selected a total of 297 Grade 12 school leavers from 87 secondary and National High schools around the country. Last year's selection summary can be found here.

The schools are arranged to show stakeholders the number of students selected to DWU. In fact, this also gives the education planners, school leaders and university managers as well as parents and sponsors; and the government an understanding of the capacity at DWU.



No of stds selected
Secondary/NH Schcool
Sorted by Highest  to lowest


No of stds selected
Secondary/NH Schcool

1
16
Sogeri National High School
1
.
44
2
St. Gabriel's Technical Secondary School
32
2
15
Lae Secondary School
2

45
2
Togoba Secondary School
32
3
15
Port Moresby NHS
2

46
2
Tokarara Secondary
32
4
13
Kerevat National High School
4

47
1
Aisoli Memorial (Pangia) Secondary School
47
5
13
Tusbab Secondary School
4

48
1
Badihagwa Tech Secondary School
47
6
12
Kokopo Secondary School
6

49
1
Bialla Secondary School
47
7
12
Marianville Secondary School
6

50
1
Brugam Secondary
47
8
11
Hagen Park Secondary School
8

51
1
Bugandi Secondary School
47
9
9
Busu Secondary School
9

52
1
Buin Secondary School
47
10
9
Mt Hagen Secondary School
9

53
1
Caritas Technical Secondary School
47
11
9
POMIS
9

54
1
Ecom Secondary School
47
12
8
Passam National High School
12

55
1
Good Shepherd Lutheran Secondary School
47
13
8
St Ignatius Secondary School
12

56
1
Henganofi Secondary School
47
14
6
Aiyura National High School
14

57
1
Ialibu Sec.School
47
15
6
Dela Salle SS(Bomana)
14

58
1
Iarowari Secondary School
47
16
6
Fr Peter (Fatima) Secondary School
14

59
1
Jubilee Catholic Secondary School
47
17
6
Notre Dame Secondary School
14

60
1
Kabiufa Secondary School
47
18
6
Wabag Secondary School
14

61
1
Kainantu Secondary
47
19
5
Goroka Secondary School
19

62
1
Kambubu SDA Secondary School
47
20
5
Malala Secondary School
19

63
1
Kerowagi Secondary School
47
21
4
Bishop Leo Secondary School
21

64
1
Kilakila Secondary School
47
22
4
Cameron Secondary School
21

65
1
Kimbe Secondary School
47
23
4
OLSH Secondary School - Vunapope
21

66
1
Kondiu Secondary School
47
24
3
DBTS (POM)
24

67
1
Kubalia Secondary School
47
25
3
Gordon Secondary School
24

68
1
Kupiano Secondary School
47
26
3
Kimbe International School
24

69
1
Kutubu Secondary
47
27
3
Kopen Sec.School
24

70
1
LIHIR SECONDARY SCHOOL
47
28
3
Mercy Secondary School (Yarapos)
24

71
1
Mainohana Secondary School
47
29
3
St Joseph IEA Catholic College
24

72
1
Manus Secondary School
47
30
3
Utu Secondary School
24

73
1
Maprik Secondary
47
31
3
Wawin National High School
24

74
1
Minj Secondary School
47
32
2
Brandi Secondary School
32

75
1
OLSH International
47
33
2
DBTS Vanimo
32

76
1
Palmalmal Secondary
47
34
2
Gerehu Secondary School
32

77
1
POM Grammar School
47
35
2
Gumine Secondary School
32

78
1
Popondetta Secondary School
47
36
2
Hagita Secondary School
32

79
1
St Mary's Vuvu Secondary School
47
37
2
Hoskins Secondary School
32

80
1
St Xavier's Secondary School
47
38
2
Karkar Secondary
32

81
1
Tarlena Secondary School
47
39
2
Martyrs Memorial Secondary School
32

82
1
Telefomin Secondary School
47
40
2
Mendi Secondary
32

83
1
Utmei Secondary School
47
41
2
Mogol Secondary School
32

84
1
Vunabosco Agro-Tech.Sec.School
47
42
2
Muaina Secondary School
32

85
1
Waghi Valley Secondary School
47
43
2
PNG Paradise Secondary School
32

86
1
Wapenamanda Foursquare Secondary School
47





87
1
Wesley (Salamo) Secondary
47


Summary: 297 students from 87 schools in the country are selected to DWU, 2017.











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