By JEFFERY ELAPA
DIVINE Word University (DWU) has stopped publishing the names of students selected for admission in newspapers.
Instead, it has gone electronic.
“We have reasons for doing this. It is also our duty to challenge the norm and introduce new systems,” University president Fr Jan Czuba said.
He said this in response to concerns raised that the university had failed to inform students, parents and sponsors of the student intake this year.
Fr Jan said: “Many Papua New Guineans have mobile phones.
“If parents or relatives could give their numbers on application forms, the university would be able to inform those who are admitted.
“We are in the 21st Century which is dominated by IT Technology.
“Many people have email address and access to the internet and quite often, these are not fully used.
“I personally feel someone has to challenge the norm and try to do things differently, especially when everyone is talking about climate change and the protection of the environment.
“In 2010 we formally declared DWU as a paperless university.
“The national newspapers are available electronically as well.
“I think it is our duty to help people to challenge their old ways and go for new systems.”
“The strategy this year is different from the previous years.
“The names of students selected are sent to provincial educational advisers of the 20 provinces.
“This way, the advisers are aware of those selected and we hope the province will take some responsibility regarding school fees and inform the successful students.
“Students, parents and the province can then work together to plan their student’s future,” Fr Jan said.
He said the names of the students were also posted on the DWU website.
“We are sending a message to people that IT technology exists in PNG, let us make better use of it.
“Radio stations that have the biggest access to people from each province can also help to make public announcements as well,” Fr Jan.