NIGERIA: Universities commission slams illegal courses

The National Universities Commission, or NUC, and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board have condemned the inclusion of unapproved courses in the academic programmes of N igerian universities. Both bodies said it was fraudulent for university authorities to allow 'illegal' programmes to be included in the brochure published annually by the board as a prelude to the Universities Matriculation Examination. NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie, disclosed that about 400 programmes offered by universities were 'illegal' and threatened to report erring institutions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Okojie said running unaccredited programmes was unacceptable because it posed serious dangers to the quality assurance role of the NUC and the standard of education in the country, among other things. The Vice-Chancellors of universities that ran advertisements or courses not approved by the commission, he added, would be handed over to the authorities for prosecution, he warned.
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