By Favour Nnabugwu
Resolute about its position to ensure that universities across the country do not run programmes that are not approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the commission recently approved 30 programmes for National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. The approval came on the heels of abuse of the Part-time and sandwich programmes in the nation’s learning institutions.
Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, who talked tough over the excesses of the tertiary institutions at a one-day advocacy forum on the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the Nigerian University System, warned that it was not going to be business as usual, urging the Senate and Councils of universities in the country to wake up to their responsibilities in sanitizing the system.
He revealed that the Commission had granted accreditation of 30 programmes to NOUN.
Meanwhile, Okojie had explained that the advocacy forum was put together to sensitize as well as encourage more universities to key into the ODL as a useful mode in expanding access to university education.
He disclosed that the Commission has already developed a framework to ensure standards and guarantee the quality of the products of the ODL as obtainable in conventional university education.
In his remarks, the Vice- Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Vincent Ado-Tenebe, said “ODL is the only thing that can salvage the world’s population, because the traditional system of education where you have the classrooms can no longer contain, especially in countries like Nigeria, where the population growth is high”.