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On-line Degrees Ban In Order -Prof. Gana

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 at 12:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh –  Abuja 


Former Minister of Information and Pro-chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Jerry Gana, has said the recent pronouncement by the National Universities Commission (NUC) that it would henceforth not recognize online degrees, was in the right direction. 

He said NUC being the regulator of university education had the liberty to check-mate unnecessary proliferation of degrees in the country, particularly those obtained online from unconfirmed foreign institutions.

Prof Gana who is also the grand patron of Best International Schools, Abuja gave his observation during the 2014/2015 graduation ceremony of the school, which held at the weekend.

“The NUC are the regulators so they must have their reasons because they are the quality control centre and so if they have some problem with online degrees I think we should allow them because we cannot run the risk of Nigerian universities not being worth anything in terms of their degrees.

“NUC is the centre of excellence for the control of education at the tertiary level, so we should give it that opportunity, when we get to the level where online degree can be accepted I am sure they would do so but for now I agree with them, we should ensure that university education the degree we offer is worth it, “he stated.

Recall that NUC’s management had recently placed a caveat on degrees obtained online by Nigerians from any foreign tertiary institution. It also discredited all part- time cross boarder education in Nigeria.

Insisting that certificates obtained through such means would not be accepted as a means of seeking employment or doing other legitimate business in the country.

The agency, therefore warned Nigerians against patronising online universities most of which offer academic programmes without physical contact with their students.