Nigeria tries to ban university diploma courses

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Nigeria’s National Universities Commission (NUC) has abolished all diploma – sub-degree level – programmes at the country’s universities.

The NUC says it wants universities to concentrate on providing quality education to train people to run the country’s public service.

Its head Abubakar Adamu Rasheed told university vice-chancellors that it was the job of polytechnics to run diploma courses.

Critics say that over the years, Nigerian universities introduced the diplomas to gain income rather than improve people’s knowledge.

And this has taken its toll on the standard of education.

But it is very unlikely this ban will be adhered to. The government has tried and failed to get rid of diploma courses at universities in the past.

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