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FG Approves 12 Universities to Implement Open Distance Learning System




The Federal Government Of Nigeria on June 4th,2020, gave approval to 12 Universities to Implement Open Distance Learning System.

9 Federal Universities gained this approval, they are:

  • Ahmadu Bello University ( ABU), Zaria
  • University Of Abuja (UniAbuja), Gwagwalada, Abuja ;
  • University Of Maiduguri (UniMaid)
  • Modibo Adama University Of Technology (MauTech) Yola ;
  • Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife ;
  • University Of Lagos (UniLag);
  • University Of Ibadan (UI);
  • University Of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN);
  • Federal University Of Technology Minna (FUT Minna) ;

Two state Universities:

  • Lagos State University (LASU)
  • Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology (LAUTech).

Private University:

  • Joseph Ago Babalola University (JABU), Oyo.

The above mentioned Universities were granted dual mode Open Distance Learning System, which include Physical Learning System and Open Distance Learning System.

The National Open University Of Nigeria (NOUN) who by its license operates Open Distance Learning System right from its inception is given power to spearhead the operation of the newly introduced Virtual Learning and Examination System of the Federal Government. The university started the execution of the new plan of the government via a test run of its19th matriculation program by virtual means, which was highly derided by many students as they were denied access to the Virtual link provided due to inadequate capacity of the platform used.

Also, there were various complaints as to hitches with the conduct of its virtual Examinations which began on the 19th of June 2020 and to end 25th of July 2020. The complaints ranges from bad Internet and Network, Financial Exhaustion and high handed measures applied while invigilating the Virtual Examinations e.t.c.

A lady who is an 100level student narrated her ordeal thus:

” Is only hungry ooo, as I used my last money to buy mini laptop for the oncoming Examination.

The battery is the different gbege”. That is, I exhausted my money buying a fairly used mini laptop for the upcoming Examination, Which also has battery defect, resulting in hunger for me.

Prior to the commencement of the Virtual Examinations an E- clearance form was sent to the students via E-mail by their study centers which was filled, scanned and sent back to the study centers. The clearance form is a prerequisite to participating in Examinations (Physical and Virtual) .

Few of the strict measures to writing of the Virtual Examinations are:

Ghost Room Mode (GRM) ;

Use of Cell Phones is not permissible any where close to the examination venue, then, Laptops with web cameras and / or Tablets or IPads with browsing facilities not less than 1GB is required.

Sani Talatu, a Mass Communication (Broadcast Journalism) student. She hails from Edo state and lives in FCT Abuja.

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