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Reactions trail suspension of part-time programmes in varsities

27 June 2012, 09:10

Abuja - Reactions have continued to trail the suspension of part-time programmes in universities in the country by the National Universities’ Commission (NUC).

Some people described the suspension as a harsh decision while others welcomed the development.

According to some, the NUC is unnecessarily interfering in the internal affairs of Nigerian universities.

Mr Fiyigon Aivin, a Marketing Executive with an insurance company, the NUC has taken the right step in the right direction.

"It is indeed a welcome development because we all will agree that some of these programmes are an eye sore and far from credible.

"It is NUC’s responsibility, to ensure that there are set standards in the university system and they deserve commendation for taking such a bold step. The reasons we must agree are cogent.

 "I hope they come up with strong machinery at the end of the exercise to ensure quality, and adherence to global best practices,’’ Aivin told NAN.

Commenting on the suspension, Husseyn Tukur, Department of Public Administration, Nasarawa State University, said that the NUC was trying to usurp the duties of universities.

Tukur noted that it was the mandate of the senate of universities to ensure standards adding: ``if it feels that a programme is not up to standard, then it is left to it to take the necessary action.''

"NUC has the right to set those standards, but I do not believe they should enforce those standards through a blanket punishment.’’

Tukur said that the regulatory body had been carrying out accreditation exercise in all Nigerian universities and it was aware of institutions that were not complying with standards as basis for the suspension.

He said that making others pay for the sins of the few was not fair as some universities were running very credible and important programmes which would be affected by the suspension negatively.

"Such a decision is rash and an unnecessary interference in the internal affairs of universities by the NUC and by not taking into cognisance the laws establishing those institutions,’’ he stated.

A part-time student of the University of Jos, Miss Salmat Garba, who expressed disappointment over the suspension, said the decision would adversely affect her programme.

Garba said that the suspension would no doubt lead to the extension of her programme and consequently affect her job as well.

"If such a decision is enforced, then a part of my life and future plans would have been disrupted.

"It is definitely not going to be easy for me, especially as my office expects me to round up my programme at a particular date,’’ Garba said.



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