NUC be­rates pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties for tri-se­mes­ter pro­grammes

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Habibu Umar Aminu

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sion (NUC) Pro­fes­sor Julius Oko­jie has be­rated pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try for in­tro­duc­ing a third se­mes­ter pro­gramme in their aca­demic cal­en­dars as against the two se­mes­ter sys­tem ap­proved by the com­mis­sion.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing with vice-chan­cel­lors and regis­trars of pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties in Abuja, Oko­jie said this new sys­tem was alien to the na­tion’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and it would not be con­doned by the com­mis­sion.

He stressed that “this is ero­sion to the univer­sity tra­di­tion”

Ac­cord­ing to him, the com­mis­sion would soon con­duct a cen­sus of all pro­fes­sional pro­grammes in the Nige­rian univer­sity sys­tem with a view to iden­ti­fy­ing in­sti­tu­tions run­ning un­ap­proved pro­grammes. While con­demn­ing the award of hon­orary de­grees by some uni­ver­si­ties dur­ing ma­tric­u­la­tion cer­e­monies, Oko­jie said though NUC is the statu­tory ac­cred­it­ing body of pro­grammes in the na­tion’s uni­ver­si­ties, pro­fes­sional bod­ies were ex­pected to com­pli­ment the ef­forts of the com­mis­sion by en­sur­ing that con­flict­ing re­sults were not is­sued and aca­demic cal­en­dars were not fre­quently dis­rupted.

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