PIONEER Grade 12 students at the Koki Salvation Army Secondary School in Port Moresby were busy with pens and paper for their first paper on mathematics A yesterday morning.
The 52 Grade 12 students were among the 12,730 Grade 12 students sitting for their higher school certificate national examination this week throughout the country.
Principal of the school, Mary Kalit, said the mathematics paper one was set for two hours and later after lunch, economics papers one and two would be set for by the social science students.
Mrs Kalit who had been with the school since its inception in 2006 said these students have been with her for the last four years and would be the first ones graduating.
“We moved from the headquarters at Boroko in January this year and now we are located here at Koki with a student population of 250 and a total of 18 teachers,” she said.
She said there were only two Grade 12 classes and 72 Grade 11 intakes for this year.
“We have a good number of students in the science class and a mixed group in the social science class as we have also given a second chance to those students who have not done well and came in through CODE for a second chance in education,” she said.
Mrs Kalit could not estimate the number of students who would be going into tertiary institutions however, she said there were good students in the science class that could make it through.
The school is a non government school and depends entirely on students school fees for assistance and from its mother organisation, chipping with assistance when needs arises.