By KEVIN PAMBA
FRESHMEN university students have drug and alcohol addiction problems that must be addressed by the universities, president of Divine Word University and chairman of the PNG Vice Chancellors Committee, Fr Jan Czuba, said.
He said his university is taking a very proactive measure by emphasizing on pastoral care for students with substance abuse problems.
Addressing his staff at the start of their induction week for the academic year, Fr Czuba said drug and alcohol abuse by students in the secondary school system is a national concern and universities like DWU have a moral duty to help those enrolling at the campuses with these problems.
He appealed to his staff to play their part by closely monitoring student’s behavior and performance and help those who were showing signs of being in trouble.
“If a student is not attending your lectures, please find out why,” Fr Czuba said.
He told them to take necessary action to help students with substance abuse difficulties and other problems.
The academic year for DWU staff began yesterday while student enrolment and lectures will begin next week.
The DWU academic year will be formally opened next Friday with addresses to staff and students by several high profile speakers.