NOUN graduates for NYSC as Bill scales through in Senate
The hope of graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) joining their counterparts from other tertiary institutions in observing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme brightened today with the passage of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Bill by the Senate.
The National Open University of Nigeria Bill sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TetFund Senator Jibrin Barau during.
Said he, “the Bill seeks to address issues relating to opening access for the teeming youth and adult working population to fulfill their dream of acquiring tertiary education.”
He added that the objectives of the Bill included amendment of the existing legislation with a view to removing the perception of the public about the university in respect of the word, `correspondence`.
“The word correspondence 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 programmes run by the university.” He stressed.
“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 NYSC scheme,” he further emphasized.
Barau noted that the bill would allow those that pass out through the university to be included in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps scheme.
The law maker regretted that the law graduates from the institution were not being enrolled into the Nigerian Law School which was constituted a set back to them.
Barau also noted that the amendment would allow for the inclusion of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a means of giving out instructions and lectures adding that “It will also allow for life-long learning. You can learn at every stage of your life.”
He explained that the amendment would help in uplifting the educational sector especially in improving the functions and delivery of education by NOUN.
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki in reaction, commended the committee for the success achieved stressing that the inclusion of ICT in lecture delivery would go a long way in deepening learning in the institution.