[Abuja]– The National Universities Commission has said that except degrees obtained from the only four approved e-learning programmes by the commission, other online degrees remain unacceptable in the country.
The commission, which spoke through its Director, Information and Public Relations officer, Mr Ibrahim Yakasai, confirmed that it approved the running of online degrees through the newly introduced Nigerian Universities e-Learning programme in four federal universities.
University of Uyo; National Open University of Nigeria; Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, and University of Maiduguri were the Universities approved, as listed by the commission.
While he mentioned that the goal of the programme is to provide new opportunities for students to access university education in Nigeria, he added that students could apply for various courses in the course of the programme such as; Economics, Banking & Finance, Accounting, Business Administration and Marketing, for which they have requisite qualifications.
He further cleared the doubt of the validity of the programme as he said that the Nigerian Universities e-Learning Programme is a legitimate and well thought-out pilot e-Learning initiative. It is a public-private-partnership between NUC, Park Associates e-Learning Group and the four federal universities.
The commission in its bulletin said that it “wishes to use this medium to allay all fears and doubts concerning the legitimacy or NUC endorsement of the Nigerian Universities e-Learning Programme.”
“This is one of the avenues that the National Universities Commission is exploring to increase access to university education without compromising quality.”
“Students in the programme are therefore advised to continue to pursue their studies without fear, and prospective applicants are encouraged to enrol.”
“Concerned parents, guardians, students and the general public may contact the commission for further clarification on the programme,” it said.