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PNG National Grade 8, 10 and 12 Examination Dates announced

The Secretary for Education, Dr. Uke Kombra has announced that three National Examinations will be conducted in the month of October this year throughout the country.

They will be held in the following order and dates:

• Grade 10 – Lower Secondary School Certificate Examinations: 7 – 11 October, 2019

• Grade 12 – Upper Secondary School Certificate Examinations: 14 – 18 October, 2019

• Grade 8 - Certificate of Basic Education Examinations : 21 – 24 October, 2019

The Secretary clarified that 66,450 Grade 10 students from 328 high and secondary schools will be sitting for the Grade 10 examination.

For the Grade 12 examination, 29,000 students from 185 secondary and national high schools will sit the Grade 12 examination.

The Grade 8 examination will have 120,000 students from 3,300 primary schools will sit the examination.

The Secretary explained that the students from the permitted schools, approved by the Department of Education will also sit the three national examinations.

“All examinations should be conducted at the scheduled times according to the Measurement Service Division issued calendar”, said Dr. Kombra. These times are fixed and cannot be changed.

The minimum standard that we have set for students to achieve in each examination is 50%.

“Therefore, I am challenging every individual grade 8, 10 and 12 student to score above 50% of examination questions correct in each subject examination.”

He emphasized that all students must demonstrate their own and honest academic abilities during their years of education.

The Grade 10 and 12 marks obtained from the final examinations will be added onto the students internal marks”, said the Secretary.

For the Grade 8 students, the marks they will score from this year’s examination will be used for their progression to Grade 9.

“All provincial and school administrations together with the Boards of Governors, Councils and Management should ensure that malpractices are free from the examinations.”

Any person involved in cheating should be referred to the police.

Further, he said that penalty for cheating or assisting to cheat in the National Examinations is non-certification.

Teachers assisting students to cheat will be severely dealt with including deregistration and termination.

“I warn students not to buy into con artists who may want to sell exam papers and answer sheets as necessary steps have been taken to curb malpractices”.

Examinations is a very stressful experience for students so the Secretary asked parents and guardians, teachers and communities to give your full spiritual, physical and emotional support to students.

Dr. Kombra also wished every Grade 10, 12 and 8 student all the very best in their final examinations.

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