Uni students claim delays in grading cost them scholarships

National, Normal

The National- Tuesday, January 18, 2011

 SOME University of PNG (UPNG) students said late submission of scholarship listings by UPNG to the Office of Higher Education (OHE) resulted in some students missing out on this year’s tertiary education scholarship assistance scheme (TESAS).

Students from the different schools at UPNG told The National they had been waiting several weeks now to get their transcripts with last year’s grades from the student records office.

The students said they were told each time by staff at student records to check the following week for their marks. Some students who received theirs said there were errors in the transcripts with course names and grade point average calculations.  

A final year political science student, speaking under anonymity, said his transcript showed only one out of the four courses had been graded while the other three had not been.

“The school has been given ample time to finalise marks and have them ready for students. I would like to see my marks so I can see for myself if I scored enough to be given a scholarship or not. Right now I am in doubt,” the student said.

Another final year business management student Patterson Robert missed out on TESAS.

Robert said he could not believe how this was possible when his grade point average was 3.75 which was well over the required 2.25 set by the OHE to qualify for a scholarship. 

Attempts to get comments from UPNG and OHE were unsuccessful.