Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Grade 12 National Examination Dates - Mobile Phones Banned During Examination Period and Other Exam Guides

This month is, probably, the busiest month for Grade 12 students and their teachers. The student are revising, teachers are conducting remedial lessons and school administrators are contemplating how many students they are likely to send to tertiary institutions. 

There are less than three weeks before the exams kickoff. The secondary schools who have been preparing their students all year long would be anticipating the exams. Whereas, the schools having problems this year would be dreading the exams. One thing for sure is that the exams are coming and you've got about three weeks to prepare. 

The Grade 12 Examinations will take place over 8 days, October 16 - 25, 2017 (Sourced: Department of Education, 21/09/2017). According to the education department, the dates for each subjects will be published before the examinations. This would have been done by now and published. 

Last year dates for Grade 12 Examinations can be found here.

Perhaps it is important to note that last year, 2016, the Department of Education issued a Press Statement (dated 07/09/2016) advising a change in examination dates; alleging that some schools have not followed 'standard procedure' to guide student to complete School Leavers Form. The exams took places a week later.

Instead of examination taking one week, the exams where scheduled over two weeks. The Press Statement also advised provincial education authorities and school administrators to ban mobile phones during the exam periods. The advisory directives from the department include:
  • Penalty for  exam cheating or assisting to cheat - non certification
  • Teacher not allowed to view/access exam papers
  • Mobile phones banned from exam rooms
  • Principals and Deputy Principals must physically stay in school during the examination hours
The dates for the other examinations, also taken from the department's website, are indicated below:
  • Grade 10 Written Expression Exam - June 8, 2017 - DONE
  • Grade 12 Written Expression Exam - August 7, 2017 -DONE
  • Grade 10 Examinations - 1 week October 9 - 13, 2017
  • Grade 12 Examinations - 8 days October 16 - 25, 2017
  • Grade 8 Examinations - 4 days October 30 - Nov 2, 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

PNG VISA AND PASSPORT: FIVE (5) KEY CHANGES to IMMIGRATION and CITIZENSHIP SERVICES 2017

SOURCE: NBC News 14th September 2017
The Minister for Immigration and Border Security has announced a number of changes to improve fraud detection and abuse in migration services in the country.

A statement by Minister Petrus Thomas, says the changes, which will come into effect over the next few weeks, will also include a system to improve revenue collection for the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority.

Top among the changes is a direction to the Chief Migration Officer, to suspend the services of all freelance agents dealing with passports and visas.

A policy will be put in place to regulate freelance agents, in move to deal with fraudulent applications particularly from freelancing agents.

The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority (PNGICSA) will also start collecting fees starting next year, which Minister Thomas says will help in revenue collection, while also setting up a receipting system, to counter fraudulent receipts presented to the agency.

There are also directions for a review into all APEC Business Travel Card holders, to deal with foreigners who abuse it to enter the country to look for work.

The PNG Immigration is also preparing a submission to go before Cabinet to revive the Taskforce dealing with illegal foreigners.

This taskforce will be working closely with other law enforcement agencies to crackdown on foreigners who enter the country illegally.

A Foreign Investor Review Committee will also be soon established to vet investors coming into the country to do business or to invest in reserved activities.


The PNG Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority (PNGICSA) is responsible for managing Papua New Guinea’s borders in relation to the movement of persons into and out of the country. This work includes visa processing, integrity checking and compliance and enforcement activities.... [SOURCE: PNGICSA website]

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