By Ese Awhotu
The National Universities Commission, NUC, yesterday disclosed that it has scrapped sub-degree diploma programmes in all university across the country.
The NUC Executive Secretary, Abubakar Adamu, who disclosed this at the end of a meeting with vice chancellors of federal, state and private universities on Monday, said that universities currently running such programmes have been directed to stop henceforth.
Adamu who said that a comprehensive review of the university curricula would be conducted to set the benchmark minimum academic standards, also disclosed that a new ranking of Nigerian universities would be released in 2017.
The NUC scribe said while accreditation of programmes would be conducted in May and November, and resource verification in March, July and December each year.
According to him, the scrapping of university diplomas followed findings that running such programmes was not the business of universities, rather Polytechnics.
His words; “The Federal Government, as far back as November, 2001, had issued a circular stating that such diplomas could not be used for employment or promotion purposes in the Public Service.”
Adamu advised universities to direct their energies towards their primary function of producing high level manpower for the economy, by strengthening their part-time programmes, to offer high quality undergraduate degrees and postgraduate diplomas and degrees.
He said this is a better option rather than stretch their facilities to run sub-degree programmes.
Adamu also said that NUC would engage a mix of old, experienced, and young vibrant academics to come up with curricula that would not only be dynamic and responsive to national needs, but also conform to global trends.
On the controversial ranking of universities ranking, he said the Commission has not been involved in
any ranking of Nigerian universities in the last 15 years, debunked media reports suggesting that.
Reports said the meeting resolved to restart institutional accreditation of part-time programmes and resumption of the Nigerian University System Annual Review Meeting (USARM) as well as consider accreditation of academic programmes by professional bodies.
It also resolved to address shortfalls in personnel emoluments and incorporation of universities into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information Systems (IPPIS) and matters arising from the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) were discussed.
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