LATEST information reaching our news desk today, is that the Nigeria Senate has passed an amendment to the law establishing the National Open University of Nigeria, which ensures that all graduates of this academic institution, are now qualified and eligible for mobilisation by the National Youth Service Corps and to attend the Nigerian Law School.
From the passage followed the adoption of a report by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund on the ‘Bill for An Act to Amend the National Open University Act Cap N6 LFN 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2017’ by the lawmakers at the plenary on Thursday, the 6th of July 2017.
All interested persons should take note that the sales of NOUN Admission form for the 2017 admission has commence
In the report, the Nigerian Senate panel clearly disclosed that the amendment to the National Open University of Nigeria Act was to bring the institution at par with the regular universities in the country, ensuring that the school serves students as other tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The report said and I quote below;
“The objectives of the bill are as follows:
1. To fully amend the existing legislation with a view to removing the perception of the public about the National Open University in respect of the word ‘correspondence,’ which gives the impression that the university is not a full-time university and, as such, seen as part-time institution, making aspirants skeptical about the credibility of the school.
“These two concepts – correspondence and part-time – massively affect the way the Nigeria public are viewing the programs run by the university. This is one huge and major reason, why the Law graduates of NOUN are not admitted into the Nigerian Law School, as such, the reason for the non-inclusion of the graduates of the university into the National Youth Service Corps scheme. This is all to change.
“Secondly, to include information and Communication Technology as another means of providing tuition towards the advancement of learning throughout Nigeria, inclusive of the 36 states. The National Open University, as currently run, depends solely on virtual learning and students’ individual research, which therefore creates the need for improvement and introduction of helpful learning tools as presented by lCT. This approval by the Nigerian senate will further deal with the challenge of limited access in the tertiary education sector.”
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