Private Universities Introduces 3rd Semester, NUC Condemns Action

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Professor Julius Okojie criticise private universities in the country for introducing a third semester programme in their academic calendars as against the two semester system approved by the commission.

Speaking at a meeting with vice-chancellors and registrars of private universities in Abuja, Okojie said this new system was alien to the nation’s education system and it would not be condoned by the commission.

He stressed that “this is erosion to the university tradition”
According to him, the commission would soon conduct a census of all professional programmes in the Nigerian university system with a view to identifying institutions running unapproved programmes.

While condemning the award of honorary degrees by some universities during matriculation ceremonies, Okojie said though NUC is the statutory accrediting body of programmes in the nation’s universities, professional bodies were expected to compliment the efforts of the commission by ensuring that conflicting results were not issued and academic calendars were not frequently disrupted.



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  1. Nigerian Education is speedily going down,i mean is not improving at all,
    Federal Polytechnic is on strike over Eleven moths now,these so called body called their self privet university introducing 3rd semester,Rather than to improve our education system,they are going for 3rd semester.
    Privet University what have they produce or impact to Nigerian Economy ,I plead to Nigeria University Commission (N.U.C)to please start a though screening excise to various Universities,they need to be caution ,because setting up committee will not help matter than to sanction those universities included.

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