NUC Bans Pre-degrees and Diplomas
The National Universities Commission has banned Pre-degrees and diplomas programmes across Nigerian Universities. This decision was reached in a meeting which had in attendance Vice Chancellors of all 143 Universities where the Commission announced that the running of those programmes should be left to the polytechnics.
The commission gave the reason that this new development will help universities focus on developing human resources in undergraduate, part-time and post-graduate programmes.
Furthermore, a directive was also given for the research arm of the National Universities Commission to work with the research departments of the Universities.
The statement regarding these new developments read“A comprehensive review of the entire university curricula (the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS)) and ranking of Nigerian universities have also been scheduled for 2017, while two of the cardinal activities of the commission, accreditation of programmes and resource verification, will now take place only twice and thrice a year, respectively: May and November for accreditation as well as March, July and December for resource verification.”
The effect of this on the Nigerian student is that anyone seeking admission into a university has only one option which is studying hard to pass UTME.