The National Universities
Commission (NUC), has said that
the part-time programmes being
run by universities in the
country had only been
suspended and not scrapped.
The Executive Secretary of the
commission, Prof. Julius Okojie,
told newsmen in Abuja last
Thursday, that this was contrary
to rumours going round that the
part-time programmes had been
scrapped.
The NUC on June 29 announced
the suspension of all part-time
programmes being run by
universities in the country.
Okojie said that the commission
had observed that most of the
universities were running part
time programmes outside the
university campuses without
disclosing the number of
students on the programme.
He attributed this development
to the money the universities
were making from the
programme, adding that NUC had
been dialoguing with the
universities that were running
part time programmes for a long
time on the need to enhance the
quality of the programmes.
Okojie said that recently, the
Lagos State University (LASU)
graduated 22, 000 students in
which majority of them were
from the part-time programmes
of the institution.
He said that the state universities
were admitting more than the
required students into the part
time programmes for reasons
best known to them. “From now
on, only 20 per cent of
programmes accredited can be
on the part time programme.’’
He said that NUC would not allow
more than 20 per cent of the
total students in every university
to engage in part time
programmes.
Okojie said that the commission
was planning to implement a
quality bottomurance
programme of staff and
students ratio for part time
programmes.
He said that the commission
would ensure that the same
lecturers’ who were teaching in
the full time programmes would
also be engaged in the part time
programmes.

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