The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Mondaysuspended all part time programmes being run by universities across the country.
Executive Secretary of NUC Professor Julius Okojie said while announcing the measures that the commission wanted to streamline part-time programmes such that it would accommodate not more than 20 per cent of the student population in universities.
He added that the NUC’s measure was also aimed at curbing theestablishment of satellite campuses.
“Many students study illegally under the part-time programme system. Very soon we would do staff and student audit. For now all part time programmes have been suspended. We are going to streamline them no university should have more than 20 per cent of their student population on part time with excess capacity to teach. All part time programmes must be located on campus we do not want satellite campuses anymore,” Okojie said.
The NUC chief also announced that 30 programmes of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) have been granted accreditation.
Four programmes, – Cooperative Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Management, Agric Extension and Management and Hotel & Catering Management – according to him, were granted full accreditation while twenty nine others were granted interim accreditation. Nursing Science was denied accreditation for failing to meet the requirements, Okojie explained.
“What we are going to do is look at the technical report whichwould spell out in details why those disciplines and programmes score those grades. If it is in library they know they have to improve their library facilities if it is learning environment they know what to do. We would be in very close touch with them to tell them how to do it because within two years we have to go back again. If they score interim in those programmes we would deny accreditation in those programmes,” he said of the performance of the school.