By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae
The PNG University of Technology has used the National Online Selection System to select over 98 percent school leaver candidates to undertake various courses at the University this year.
Unitech’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ora Renagi says, the online system has helped to minimize unfairness, favoritism, and corruption by candidates, parents, government and other stakeholders.
This has set a record of transparency that was never seen in the history of Unitech’s selection process.
Dr. Renagi said apart from the National Online Selection being transparent, it has also helped the University save cost and time.
For the past years, the Institute used to spend over K100,000 to send all Department Heads to do the selection in Port Moresby for nearly a week.
In December 2018, when the online selection system was implemented, the selectors from Unitech did not have to spend time away from their normal duties.
The National Online Selection System is a world-class mathematically proven system introduced by the American Public Consulting Group to the Department of Higher Education Research, Science and Technology.
In dealing with the challenges of this new system, Unitech received timely and effective technical support from DHERST over the last two years.
However, in February this year, Balob Teacher’s College Principal, Jerry Hendingao told EM TV News, that the new online selection process has led to the slow registration of students at the school.
Meanwhile, Unitech’s Acting Vice-Chancellor said the University has plans to increase the number of the Institute’s school-leavers quota of 700 each year, due to the National Online Selection System.