The Administration’s judgment and social media criticism are strange bedfellows. But over the course of time, these two combined and brought in a way to stop long queues in offices.
Southwestern University PHINMA is transferring to a new school system, but not without hiccups as encountered by students.
Kristel Mae Lozada, a first-year Medical Technology student, aired her frustrations over the system.
“Pagkalaina gyud sa system. Nag-start ko ug 7:00 AM, nahuman ko 8:00 PM. Nag-shut down ang system kadto na sa pag-sectioning dapit,” she complained.
To explain the cause of the problem, University Comptroller Katrina Velasco pointed to the transition from the old to the new system as the culprit.
Last October 29, the University announced on its official Facebook page the shift of school system from the School Automate to AIMS version 2.
AIMS or Academic Information Management System is the system used by other PHINMA Education Network (PEN) schools.
The decision was made by the Administration to cater to a bigger number of students using a more spontaneous operating system.
“From the old system, we don’t actually have the support of the developer. So if we have concerns, it takes us a long time to resolve the problem,” University Registrar Angelita Canene said.
Although already used by other PEN schools, migrating data from the old system to AIMS seems to be the main problem.
“We have not yet completed the migration to the system which means to say that our previous data is not yet available in the new system,” Canene stated.
Canene also expects that with the completion of migration of data, the long queue that the students experienced will not be repeated.
Other factors that hinders the full implementation of the school system includes fact-checking of data that needs to be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education and the Bureau of Immigration for the foreign students, adding safety features, and training of officers for the new system.
University officials are already looking into collaborating with developers and providers to break these walls and testing the system to ensure credibility and accessibility.
The beta-testing of the new school system will be on the third week of April up to the third week of May.