Akin Akande, Abuja
For Nigerian students studying abroad at the undergraduate level to be mobilised for the compulsory one year National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in the country, they must possess the minimum entry requirements into Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions, Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i has said.
She gave this clarification in Abuja on Monday, when she received the Director General of NYSC, Brig General Nnamdi Okore-Affia who led members of NYSC management team to her office to seek such clarifications.
The Minister said that irrespective of bridge programmes that those Nigerian foreign students may have gone through prior to seeking admission abroad, they must also earn the minimum admission requirements obtainable in Nigeria, including credits in English language and Mathematics.
“Let me make one thing very clear, the issue of studying abroad, I know that no government will put a stop to people that are interested in going out to study abroad and in fact we even have scholarships in terms of bilateral agreements that we have with other countries,” she said.
Her words: “There are things that people need to know before sending their wards abroad, the basic entry requirements for Nigerian universities or institutions are critical.
“The basic entry requirement is a necessity for a Nigerian child to be recognized in Nigeria even after his graduation from any other university abroad. What this means is that there must be the minimum five credits and above, including Mathematics and English language and that is where the problem usually arise in terms of foreign graduates”.
Speaking earlier, the NYSC DG, Nnamdi Okore-Affia, said the NYSC scheme had come under serious challenges of mobilizing some foreign graduates for the mandatory one year service scheme, most of who are children of top members of the society.