NOUN Graduates To Participate In NYSC, Attend Law School

 

Students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) can now heave a sigh of relief as President Muhammadu Buhari assents to the National Open University Amendment Act 2018.

The Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja.

He said, “President Buhari has also assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures.”

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NOUN Graduates To Participate In NYSC, Attend Law School
A file photo of graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Abuja. Source: nouedu.net

 

Before the presidential assent, graduates of the institution have decried the alleged discrimination to participate in the one-year national youth scheme, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The NYSC has, however, been issuing ‘Letter of Exclusion from National Service’ to graduates of the institution.

 

A sample of the NYSC exclusion letter issued to NOUN graduates.

 

While stakeholders in the education sector discuss the issue of participation in the scheme, NOUN graduates also lamented that they were not admitted into the Nigerian Law School.

The President’s assent to the National Open University Amendment Act 2018 has now addressed the issues raised by the students of the institution.

This is just as the Act eliminates possible discrimination against programmes and products of the university.

“It has also allowed the establishment of some centres to be called study centres and given conditions for the establishment of such study centres,” Senator Enang revealed.

Kaduna Govt., NOUN Sign MoU To Train Prison Inmates

Prison Inmates, Kaduna, Health Care, MOUThe Kaduna state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to train prison inmates in skills and vocational education.

Following the MoU, prison inmates across the state will now be trained on some vocational skills that would make them self-reliant after serving their jail terms.

At the ceremony, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Bala Bantex, signed on behalf of the state government while the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Professor Abdalla Adamu, signed for the institution.

Under the partnership, the state government will provide the startup packs for the training, while the university will provide the manpower and facilities.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the event, the Kaduna State Deputy Governor said that the programme is aimed at rehabilitating and empowering prison inmates who are serving their jail terms with the necessary skills that will enable them to become useful to the society upon completion of their jail terms.

The Deputy Governor also hinted that the state government is also partnering with the state prison command to ensure that prisons across the state are decongested and given a face lift in line with global best practices.

The Vice Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria, Professor Abdalla Adamu, while commending the Kaduna state government for initiating the training programme, called on other states across the country to take a cue from Kaduna.

He disclosed that the training would be free of charge and added that the university is also offering free university education for prison inmates across the country.

On his part, the Kaduna State Controller of Prisons, Yazid Alhassan, commended the state government for the gesture, which he said would help in reducing the level of crime in the society.

Kaduna is the first state in the Nigeria to initiate such programme aimed at reducing crime in the country.

At least 700 inmates across the state are expected to benefit from the training programme.

University Chancellor Decries Discrimination Against NOUN Graduates

NOUNThe Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, His Royal Highness, Amb Lawrence Okolio, is asking government and the general public to stop discrimination against graduates from the National Open University (NOUN).


He also wants graduating students of the university to be allowed to participate in the National Youth Service Corps and those who read law to attend the Nigerian Law School.

According to him, graduates from the Nigerian online universities are not given equal treatment like their counterparts from other schools.

Some of the graduating students and their alumni confirmed that their degrees are often discriminated against in the labour market, but expressed hope that the trend will change in the nearest future.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vincent Tenebe, in his remarks asked for more funding for the university from the federal government.

The National Open University is a recent innovation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) that allows students to study and work at the same time.

Academics Urge Buhari To Improve Nigeria’s Education Standard

Academics Urge Buhari To Improve Nigeria’s Education StandardThe Nigerian Academy of Education has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to critically look into Nigeria’s dwindling education system with a view to improving on its standards.

The agency identified the alleged fallen standard of education in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa as being responsible for the under-development of the region.

This was the submission of participants at the 30th annual congress of the Nigerian Academy of Education held in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe, said “without quality teachers, there is no future for Nigeria because teachers are the bedrock of any development in the society”.

According to him, education was the mother of all arts, maintaining that teachers today should be one of the well paid in the country because if they were paid well, they will produce the best.

The academic stressed that in situations where reverse was the case, it would amount to a case of garbage-in garbage-out.

The Guest Speaker, Professor Olugbemiro Jegede, decried that over 29 million primary school age children were not in school in Sub- Saharan Africa.

He identified some of the factors responsible for the low quality of education in Nigeria to include, depreciating quality of teachers, deficiency in research and capacity, inadequate teaching facilities and lack of regional quality assurance framework among others.

Professor Jegede called on President Buhari to appoint an educationist as Minister of Education.

The President of the academy, Professor Uduogie Ivowi, highlighted that there were strong recommendations that needed to be looked into to raise the falling standard of education in the country.

He observed that although there were several challenges confronting the sector ranging from lack of qualitative teachers to funding among others, if the facilities were provided, the standard of education would definitely improve.

Other participants at the event attributed the poor academic standard in public schools and lack of skilled teachers to poor funding of the education sector in the country.

Open University VC Decries Poor Enrolment Of Northern Students

Vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe, has decried the low enrolment of students from the northern part of the country into the institution compared to their southern counterparts.

At a news conference in Kaduna, Professor Tenebe lamented that despite the flexibility in the admission process of the university, the northern region is yet to make use of the opportunity, adding that only a few number of students from states in the north are studying in the institution.

NYSC for NOUN Graduates

The Vice Chancellor also called for review of the law establishing the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) to enable graduates from NOUN participate in the mandatory national youth service scheme since all its programmes are full time and accredited by the National Universities Commission(NUC).

He used the opportunity to authenticate the certificate of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who graduated as a theological student from the university.

Professor Tenebe described the former president as a “very troublesome but brilliant student.”