NOUN Students Will Soon Participate In NYSC, Attend Law School- Director

Graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
would soon be allowed to participate in the National Youth Service Corps Scheme
(NYSC) and the Nigerian Law School Programme. The Director, Ilorin Study Centre
of NOUN, Mr Michael Abikoye, made this known on Thursday in an interview with
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.
Abikoye, who was NOUN first Acting Registrar, attributed
exclusion of NOUN graduates from the scheme and law school to public
misunderstanding of the difference between Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and
part time studies.
He expressed optimism that with the ongoing talk between the
management of the Open University and the relevant stakeholders, NOUN students
would be absorbed into the scheme. So I think you need to pray if you are a
NOUN student, lol. His actual statement after the cut.

“The denial of our graduates in participating in the NYSC
scheme is based essentially on the general misunderstanding of difference in
concept between open and distance learning system, which Nigerians have equated
with part time studies.
“But open and distance learning is not exactly the same
thing as part time study.
“Open and Distance Learning is a standard form of education
and it is the vogue in many advanced countries today.
“Incidentally, most of NOUN programmes are accredited by the
National Universities Commission (NUC) that accredits programmes of
conventional Nigerian Universities.
“Our course materials are prepared by seasoned academics in
the conventional university system and they go through rigorous and thorough
process of editing and printing before they are released to the students.
“It may not surprise you to know that even in the
conventional universities, our course materials are being used by some
lecturers to produce their own handouts for students.

“That shows you the quality of our materials and by
extension, the quality of our products,” Abikoye added.

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