The Secretary-General of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU), Professor Michael Faborode, has revealed reasons why the National Universities Commission (NUC) suspended part-time programmes in universities in the country, saying that it is done to put university education on the right footing.
Professor Faborode, who was a former vice chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, remarked that the part-time programmes had been abused by some universities, as some people had turned it into money making venture.
He said: “In this country, we put all sorts of things such as sharp practices, examination malpractices, fraud and 419 in what we do and we must crush them because these are the things that impede progress. We cannot say that because everybody must go to the university that we overlook somethings, illegal universities must not be allowed to operate because they shortchange and create problems for us.
“They make our degrees questionable when they go outside this country because they are not doing the right thing. Anybody who wants to do things must do it properly and legally too. “People do things illegally here. Do you know that some people are running illegal NYSC camps and those who graduate from illegal institutions may not be able to do anything. So, people have abused the issue of part-time programmes.