Ten schools have been recognised as the best academic performing schools for 2017.
Another 10 were awarded for academic excellence in Year 12 level. Additionally the most improved secondary and high schools were also recognised last Friday by the Education Department.
This is the second year, schools in the education system have been awarded.
Those awards were presented to the schools by the Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra at the end of the grade 11 selection meeting in Port Moresby that was attended by 152 principals and 22 guidance officers.
Schools in the nation’s capital dominated the awards, while remote Oksapmin High school in West Sepik remained in the top 10. Cameron Secondary in Milne Bay, St Charles Lwanga and Gordons Secondary in NCD and Mercy Secondary maintained their positions in the top 10 from last year.
Ten best academic performing schools are; Oksapmin High School (West Sepik), St Charles Lwanga Secondary (NCD), Marianville Secondary (NCD), Gordons Secondary (NCD), Cameron Secondary (MBP), Jubilee Catholic Secondary (NCD), Manus Secondary (Manus), Busu Secondary (Morobe), Mercy (ESP) and Mt Hagen Secondary (WHP).
Ten best grade 12 performing schools are: Port Moresby (NCD) Marianville (NCD) Kerevat (ENBP), Wawin (Morobe), Sogeri (Central) Aiyura (EHP), Cameron (MBP), St Ignatius (West Sepik), Passam (ESP) and Mt Hagen (WHP).
The five most improved secondary schools are; Utmei (ENBP), Busu (Morobe), Ecom (Manus), Manggai (NIP) and Buin (AROB).
Also, five most improved high schools are: Kompiam (Enga), Sacred Heart Tapini (Central), Misima (MBP), Kiriwina (MBP) and Iano (Central).
Dr Kombra challenged school administrators to lift up schools performances and stated that “if one very remote school in the country can do best why not others.”
Meanwhile, Jubilee Secondary School Principal Bernadette Ova said the selection criteria was unfair when it added the six national high schools to the list as the schools were elite schools.