The executive secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Julius Okojie has suspended part-time programmes in Nigerian universities.
He disclosed this in Abuja yesterday while announcing the accreditation of National Open University of Nigeria,NOUN.
According to Okojie, the step was aimed at rationalising the activities as well as bringing them in line with best practices and to ensure standards.
The reasons for suspending the part-time programmes he said included illegal operations by some of the institutions and over-bloated population in the admission process among others.
He stated that when the ban was lifted, admission into part-time programme would not exceed 20 per cent intake, and added that lectures for all part-time programmes would be restricted to university campuses only.
He said, “for now all part-time programmes are suspended, we are going to streamline them. In the effect, we should not have more than 20 per cent of the total students’ population on part-time programmes.
“All part-time programmes must be located on campus, we don’t want satellite campuses again”.
He emphasised that regulation is the major part of the commission’s activities and NUC will not hesitate to wield the big stick on any defaulting institution.
Meanwhile, NUC has announced the accreditation of 30 out of the 31 programmes run by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Announcing the result of the accreditation visit which was conducted in March this year, Prof Okojie said only Nursing Science was denied accreditation for using a 10 years old curriculum.
26 programmes representing 83.9% was given Interim accreditation while 4 courses representing 12.9% of the programme was given full accreditation.
- Leadership News