Call for PNG to rethink tough new tertiary study entry limits

6:30 pm on 10 February 2016

The opposition leader in Papua New Guinea says the government needs to re-think its tough new tertiary entry requirements.

Papua New Guinea opposition leader and Kandep MP Don Polye.

Papua New Guinea opposition leader and Kandep MP Don Polye. Photo: Papua New Guinea opposition

Don Polye said Papua New Guineans are upset to discover that many students who would have previously qualified for the scholarships or for entry to university no longer qualify.

He said the government raised the grade point average required, but he asked if this was because it was running out of money.

"Is the government doing it because they have run out of money and they have mismanaged the proceeds from the sale of LNG and therefore they cannot meet the most basic need of training human skill in Papua New Guinea?

"And therefore they are trying to use the convenient disguise that the government wants to improve the quality of education."

Mr Polye wants the prime minister Peter O'Neill to review the decision.

He said with the university registration process still going on there was time to re-institute the old grade point average.