- About 15 universities will be allowed to embark on an open distance/online learning programme
- The announcement was made by the National Universities Commission, on Tuesday, November 7
- The move is to help improve the learning process for tertiary institutions around the country
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has said it is in the process of allowing 15 more universities to embark on open distance/online learning as this will help solve inadequate access to university education.
The executive secretary of the NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, said this at a one day symposium on policy and practice in open and distance learning on Tuesday, November 7, in Abuja.
He said the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) would improve the quality of education in the country noting that the issue of quality cannot be ignored.
According to Premium Times, he said: “For NUC, quality is the main reason why we are existing not the quantity, we want to assure that every certificate obtained in Nigerian universities is worth it.
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"NUC cannot order universities to double their intakes because of quantity because every programme in Nigerian universities is judged through quality assurance mechanism.
“The physical infrastructure, quality of a staff, quality of laboratory and libraries are important.
“NUC is trying to advise government on the best way to tackle skills’ issue because the number we are talking about in secondary schools or those out of primary schools cannot just be tackled by simply enrolling them in the universities."
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the director, tertiary education, Joel Ojo, said the government is committed towards improving access to quality and lifelong learning through its open and distance learning initiative.
According to him, the government is putting in place adequate learning support that will facilitate equitable quality education by 2030.
The president of Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI-Africa), Peter Okebukola, said quality assurance should play a major role in the way education is tackled by the Nigerian government.
He said: “The concern of GUNI is how quality is delivered and how to access the quality being delivered, we want a mechanism that will guarantee that products from the regular system and product from the open and distance learning system are at par.
"These product should be better in terms of knowledge, quality and attitude."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com recently reported that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is to commence a nationwide industrial action beginning from November 13, 2017.
The leadership of ASUP confirmed this in Abuja on Monday, November 6, after the union’s National Executive Council held an emergency meeting.
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