Written by Godfrey AKON

No 3.0 GP Policy, No Graduation Is In Order – NOUN

The National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, has explained that it has not violated any law as it was in line with NUC’s Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for Nigerian universities.

In a statement made available to our correspondent by Malam Ibrahim Sheme, Director, Media and Publicity of NOUN, he said the minimum pass mark for ALL postgraduate courses is a “C”, which is a “credit” and carries a grade point of 3 (in clinical/pharmaceutical sciences, it is a “B”).

“In terms of the graduation requirements for most programmes, a student is required to have earned a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.00 and a Total Credit Earned (TCE, meaning the summation of all the courses registered and PASSED) of 30 before they may be pronounced “graduated” by the university.  

“For professional programmes like the MBA, the TCE is far higher. In addition to CGPA and TCE, postgraduate students are similarly expected to have fulfilled other academic requirements like passing all the courses registered, particularly the core courses”.

Sheme stated that the university is not unaware of the fact that in the formative years of the university, some of our operations were not properly aligned with the regulatory dictates of the NUC and as such some of the postgraduate students may not have been properly informed on the degree awarding rules for the programmes they applied for. “We are mindful of this and steps are being taken to, first, adequately sensitise the students who were given admission with effect from the 2016 1st semester on the need to fully comply with the NUC BMAS and, secondly, to come up with a justifiable modality that would ensure that older students who are caught up in the system as a result of their inability to meet the minimum graduation requirements are accommodated. 

“Let us be clear that the latter would be done bearing in mind the need to NOT water down the quality of the degrees and certificates of the National Open University of Nigeria,” Sheme said.

According to him, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, urges all existing postgraduate students to be mindful of the graduation requirements for their programmes and work hard to ensure that they meet these requirements rather than resulting to media blackmail and propaganda.

He stressed that “the university would not succumb to fallacies and sponsored news publications aimed at arm-twisting the management to take hasty decisions that would undermine the integrity of NOUN as a respectable, reputable institution of learning.”

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