Accreditation Exercise, not to Witch-hunt – NUC Team

The National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation team to the University’s Postgraduate School has disclosed that the exercise of accrediting programmes in the nation’s ivory towers was not an effort at witch-hunting any institution, but for better productivity.
The head of the team, Professor Gabriel Yomere, who stated this during a wrap-up session after their visit to the University, added that, “no matter how much you have done, there is always room for improvement”. According to him, it was simply a peer review exercise, geared towards enhancing service delivery.

He commended FUNAAB’s Management for its quality staffing profile, vibrant external examination system, high standard of questions paper and answer scripts. He noted that unlike most Universities in the country, where random sampling technique was used by external examiners to go through answer scripts and projects, FUNAAB had uniquely and enviably complied with the NUC’s directive on the external examination system. According to him, “the Department has done very well in the sense that the external examiners presented detailed reports, which the Department could use for further development and I want to encourage you seriously. We are very happy with what we saw”.

He added that the team was also satisfied with the internal quality assurance put in place. On the staffing of the Postgraduate School, he said it was very encouraging with nine Professors, five Senior Lecturers and four lecturers on the Lecturer I cadre. Professor Yomere, a one-time Dean of the Postgraduate School at the Delta State University (DELSU), was elated that all the Academic staff had PhDs, adding that there was none on part-time. He added that the Postgraduate School was also gender sensitive, as four out of the members of staff were women, accounting for 22 per cent of the total number of staff. The University Don further disclosed that his team was highly impressed with the mode of course delivery and class attendance by students. Professor Yomere, however, challenged the University to urgently improve postgraduate studies in the areas of project writing and supervision, curriculum, ability to speak foreign languages, among others, as the team also visited the ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library, where members expressed satisfaction and offered advice on how to administer the library better.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole, commended the team for its doggedness saying that the exercise was carried out to enable the University improve itself academically. Commenting on the issue of the inability of staff members to speak another foreign language aside English, the Vice-Chancellor said that an average Nigerian could speak more than one language. He added that the University was already working on promoting communication in French Language. He, however, observed that the accreditation template used in accrediting undergraduate programmes had been developed over 50 years ago, adding that the postgraduate template was rather new. On staff needs, he said it was high time the NUC looked into the issue of 70 years retirement age for Professors as some Universities were bound to have problems, saying that he and others were preparing a proposal, to be submitted to the NUC soon, on the need to put emphasis on learning outcomes.

Last Updated on December 16, 2014 by admin

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