Senate approves NYSC for graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

The Senate has approved the National
Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme for graduates of National Open University of
Nigeria (NOUN).

The approval came as a result of the
passage of the National Open University of Nigeria Bill sponsored by the
chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TetFund, Jibrin Barau,
during Thursday’s plenary.

 According to Jibrin Barau, the bill is
to address issues relating to opening access for the teeming youth and adult
working population to fulfill their dream of acquiring tertiary education.

He also said the objectives of the
bill include to amend 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.
“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 said.
Mr. Barau also said the bill would
allow graduates of the university to be included in the mandatory National
Youth Service Corps scheme (NYSC).
“The law graduates from this
institution are not enrolled into the Nigerian Law School which is a set back
to the graduates of law,” he said.
Mr. Barau further said that the
amendment would allow for the inclusion of Information Communication Technology
(ICT) as a means of giving out instructions and lectures.
“It will also allow for life-long
learning. You can learn at every stage of your life,” he added.
He also explained that the amendment
would help in uplifting the educational sector of the country especially in
improving the functions and delivery of education by NOUN.
President of the Senate, Dr Bukola
Saraki In his remarks, applause the committee for the success achieved.
He said the inclusion of ICT would
go a long way in deepening learning in the institution.

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