By DULCIE OREKE
MORE than 36,000 Grade 10 students nationwide have entered their second week of examinations.
Students from 216 high schools, secondary schools and approved permitted schools throughout Papua New Guinea are sitting for their Grade 10 lower secondary school certificate examinations, which began last Tuesday.
This week’s examinations continued yesterday with science and personal development scheduled for today.
Design and technology will follow tomorrow with two sessions. The first will be from 8am to 9.30am while the second is from 9.50am to 10.20am.
Agriculture has been listed for Thursday and the last paper, English, will be on Friday.
Parents, guardians and teachers were last week urged to support and prepare students for the examinations.
“In their pursuit to excel in their studies, we must make sure they are very well prepared to sit for the examinations,” education secretary Dr Joseph Pagelio said.
“Parents, guardians and teachers must give as much support as possible to help prepare students for these examinations.
“The examinations are essential tools for selection and the certificates issued, using the results of these examinations, will be used for both selection for further formal education and employment,” Pagelio said.
He said the national examinations were part of the standard assessment and certification system used by schools to maintain the quality of learning and teaching in the national education system.
He said there were other pathways for those who miss out in this system to follow and pursue other careers, especially in the technical and vocational education training sector.
Pagelio said the reformed system of education would address this and would be realised fully in the near future.