Great news for graduates of National Open University as Senate passes an amendment to the law establishing the institution. According to the Senate, this was done to help with the misinformed opinion the general public has of the school as a part-time institution.
A report was earlier put forward and debated at the lawmakers plenary on Thursday. The report was based on the ‘Bill for An Act to Amend the National Open University Act Cap N6 LFN 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2017’ and after the session was the grand consensus by the Senate to pass it.
The details of the report are as follows,
“The objectives of the bill are as follows: firstly, to amend the existing legislation with a view to removing the perception of the public about the university in respect of the word ‘correspondence,’ which gives the impression that the university is not a full-time university and, as such, seen as part-time.
“These two concepts – correspondence and part-time – significantly affect the way the public views the programs run by the university. This has been the reason why the Law graduates of the school are not admitted into the Nigerian Law School as well as the reason for the non-inclusion of the graduates of the university into the National Youth Service Corps scheme.
“Secondly, to include information and Communication Technology as another means of providing tuition towards the advancement of learning throughout Nigeria. The National Open University, as currently run, depends critically on virtual learning and students’ individual research, hence, the need for improvement and introduction of helpful learning tools as presented by lCT. This will further deal with the challenge of limited access in the tertiary education sector.”
We are really glad that this is happening as a lot of NOUN students deserve this opportunity.