Graduates from NOUN will soon be able to participate in the NYSC scheme and in the Law School.
The Director of the NOUN , National Open University of Nigeria, Ilorin branch, claimed that NOUN graduates will soon be able to Join NYSC and Law school.
Mr Michael Abikoye, the director claimed that the exclusion of NOUN graduates from the scheme and law school was a misunderstanding.
Mr Abikoye said that with the ongoing talk between the management of the Open University and the relevant stakeholders, NOUN students would be absorbed into the scheme. He tolds newsmen that;
The denial of our graduates in participating in the NYSC scheme is based essentially on the general misunderstanding of difference in concept between open and distance learning system, which Nigerians have equated with part time studies.
But open and distance learning is not exactly the same thing as part time study.
Open and Distance Learning is a standard form of education and it is the vogue in many advanced countries today.
Incidentally, most of NOUN programmes are accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) that accredits programmes of conventional Nigerian Universities.
Our course materials are prepared by seasoned academics in the conventional university system and they go through rigorous and thorough process of editing and printing before they are released to the students.
It may not surprise you to know that even in the conventional universities; our course materials are being used by some lecturers to produce their own handouts for students.
That shows you the quality of our materials and by extension, the quality of our products.
Mr Abiyoke also claimed that National Open University of Nigeria NOUN has established well-equipped laboratories at its headquarters and in some selected study centres across the country.