REAL REASONS NUC SCRAPPED DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES IN UNIVERSITIES

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The Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) says it has scrapped the sub-degree diploma programmes in the Nigerian university system.

The commission said it arrived at the decision after a meeting with Abubakar Rasheed, executive secretary and vice chancellors of federal, state and private universities in the country.

The meeting held from October 10 to 12.

“The executive secretary told the meeting that running sub-degree diplomas was not the business of universities, but that of polytechnics, more so when the federal government, as far back as November 2001, had issued a circular stating that such diplomas could not be used for employment or promotion purposes in the Public Service,” NUC said in a statement.

“Rather than stretch their facilities to run sub-degree programmes, the universities should direct their energies towards their primary function of producing high-level manpower for the economy, by strengthening their part-time programmes, in addition to offering high-quality undergraduate degrees as well as postgraduate diplomas and degrees.

“Other decisions taken include the revamping of Institutional Accreditation, commencement of accreditation of part-time programmes and resumption of the Nigerian University System Annual Review Meeting (USARM).

“The issues of accreditation of academic programmes by professional bodies, shortfalls in personnel emoluments and incorporation of universities into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information Systems (IPPIS) and matters arising from the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) were also extensively discussed.

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