The National Universities Commission (NUC), has allegedly scrapped pre-degree and diploma programmes in the Nigerian university system, as running sub-degree diplomas was not the business of universities, but that of polytechnics.
This is contained in a statement by the commission’s Deputy Director of Information, Mrs. Adebukola Olatunji, in Abuja on Monday.
Mrs. Olatunji explained in the statement that the ban was part of the decisions at an interactive session of the Executive Secretary of NUC and thus, directed universities to begin the process of winding down sub-degree diploma programmes.
She added that other decisions taken included the revamping of Institutional Accreditation, commencement of accreditation of part-time programmes and resumption of the Nigerian University System Annual Review Meeting.
“A comprehensive review of the entire university curricula – the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards and ranking of Nigerian universities – has been scheduled for 2017.
“Two of the cardinal activities of the commission – Accreditation of Programmes and Resource Verification, will now take place only twice and thrice a year, respectively.
“May and November are for Accreditation while March, July and December are for Resource Verification.’’
She said accreditation of academic programmes by professional bodies, shortfalls in personnel emoluments and incorporation of universities into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information Systems were also discussed.
Meanwhile, the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is-haq Oloyede, has said that the board will discontinue the use of scratch cards for any of its services and rather use an online platform of pin vending.
Oloyede who disclosed this while delivering a paper at a meeting of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian universities, AVCNU, in Abuja over the weekend, said scrapping the scratch cards was sequel to the board’s drive to promote accountability in line with Nigerian government’s zero tolerance for corruption.