….as NOUN suspends admission into Law department
By LAIDE AKINBOADE-ORIERE
Abuja – The Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Professor Abdalla Adamu, on Tuesday, urged the National Universities Commission, NUC, to prevail on Council of Legal Education, CLE to admit the law graduates of NOUN into Nigeria Law Schools.
Prof. Adamu stated this in Abuja, when he paid a visit to to the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Adamu Abdulrasheed, in his office.
He said following the advice of NUC, NOUN has already suspended admission into its Law Department.
According to the VC, “As a result of a perspective in the interpretation of the NOUN Act, the Council of 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 drawn attention to the fact that NOUN is an Open Distance Learning, ODL, institution and part of the large 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, adding that NUC should intervene and request National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, to accept graduates from NOUN to contribute their quotas to nation building.
Responding, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abdulrasheed pledged the Commission’s assurance to seek audience with the Council of Legal Education with the view to making the Council understand that NOUN is not a part-time or a correspondence programme.
“It is a policy of Council of Legal Education, CLE 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 learning 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 to 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.