• As NOUN suspends admission into Law department
THE Vice Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Adamu, has appealed to the National Universities Commission (NUC) to prevail on Legal Education Council to admit the law graduates of NOUN into Nigeria Law Schools.
Professor Adamu, speaking on Tuesday in Abuja, when he paid a visit to the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof Adamu Abdulrasheed, noted that following the advice of the Commission, NOUN has already suspended admission into its Law Department.
He said: “As a result of a perspective in the interpretation of the NOU Act, the Council for Legal Education (CLE) perceives our mode of instruction as correspondence and part-time and therefore excludes our students from participation in the law school programmes.
“Thus, we have repeatedly draw attention to the fact that NOUN is an Open Distance Learning, ODL, institution and part of the larger network of such institutions all over the world provide accessible, affordable and equitable education to millions of individuals who would work and learn at the same time due to their circumstances.
“We are praying to the Executive Secretary to draw the attention of the CLE to the fact that NOUN as an ODL institution, does not equate to part-time or correspondence institution.
“In order to make things easier for everyone, we have even accepted the NUC recommendation to halt admission into the programme until we streamline our activities with CLE.”
The VC also urged the Executive Secretary to prevail on Nigerian universities to desist from discrimination against graduates of NOUN for all postgraduate programmes in all areas.
And NUC should intervene and request National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), to accept graduates from NOUN to contribute their quotas to nation building.
In his response the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof Abdulrasheed, assured that the Commission would seek audience with the Council for Legal Education with the view to making the Council understands that NOUN is not a part-time or a correspondence programme.
“It is a policy of Legal Education Council to deny certain category of students from going to Law School. NOUN is an ODL institution; this is the future of tertiary education in the world.
“NOUN has come with genuine defence. We will have to adjust to this reality of this open and distance, which is threatening the character and nature of our tertiary institutions in the country. Digital revolution is one of the two revolutions of the recent decade that are changing the world.
“We are going to make a strong case, draw the attention of CLE to the fact that NOUN is an ODL and not a correspondence programme. This is a new method of learning globally,” he said