- There is great a jubilation among the students of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) across Nigeria because the oncoming graduates can now go for Youth Service Corps (NYSC) base on the law
- The National Open University of Nigeria is a Federal Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution that is believed to be first of its kind in the West African sub-region
- It is Nigeria's largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers and is popularly referred to as NOUN
The Nigerian Senate has now passed an amendment to the law establishing of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
The law establishing is believed to enable the graduates of the institution to go for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and attend the Nigerian Law School.
This is as a result of a report made by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund on the ‘Bill for An Act to Amend the National Open University Act Cap N6 LFN 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2017’ on Thursday, July 6, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Senate panel reported that the amendment to the NOUN Act was to make the university to be on the level with other institution in Nigeria.
The report states, “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 lnformation 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.”
NAIJ.com had reported earlier that a bill for an act to amend the National Youth Service Corps Act was currently in the Senate.
The bill which sought to provide for free and compulsory acquisition of vocational skills by corps members and split it into two parts was sponsored by Senator Stella Oduah.
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