Out of the 26,544 grade 12 students that sat for this year’s National Examination, only 9852 students made it through and they were selected to higher learning institutions around the country.
This was revealed today following the official launching of the Grade 12 online Selection, officiated by the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science (DHERST) and Technology, Mr Wesley Raminai.
Out of the 16,600 students that missed out, about 5319 students are likely to secure a space at any of the DHERST institutions given the admission quota that still needs to be filled up.
The Acting Secretary for DHERST Dr Francis Hualupmomi explained that the institutions will need to check their respective schools for spaces that are still available and then go back to the Admission pool to select from the 16,600 remaining students who may have met the requirements.
Dr Hualupmomi said it is unfortunate that not everyone has been selected, however there are other opportunities out there and students must not look at this as the end of the world but strive to do better.
“For those of you that did not secure a placing, please do not be disheartened and limit yourselves.”
“NOAS is one of many options you have and there are also other options you can tap into to get yourselves into your desired institutions.”
“If your grades are very low, we strongly encourage you to upgrade your marks and apply as a non-school leaver next year,” Dr Hualupmomi said.
The Department currently has 57 registered Higher Education Institutions in the country offering a total of 237 various programmes and the Department is prioritising in creating more spaces in the Tertiary institutions, hoping to increase the numbers by next year.
Meanwhile Minister Wesley Raminai was impressed with an almost equal number of girls to boys sitting for this year’s National Examination.
“Among the total number of students that sat for the exam, 41% of them are females and 59% are males.”
He said it is good to see that the gap is almost closing up with more girls striving in education.
Grade 12 students throughout the country have been advised to log onto their NOAS accounts to check their results as of today.