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NUC boss explains foreign university screening committee

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie has explained why the Federal Government inaugurated a screening committee on foreign degrees obtained by Nigerian students, reports ITRealms.

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Prof. Okojie said this has become necessary because some Nigerian students who attended universities in Ukraine, for instance, pass through the United Kingdom (UK) thus graduating with a second class degree, while even in some countries you can buy a certificate at the airports.

Speaking in Abuja after presentation of licenses to two new private universities last Thursday noted that the committee which comprised officials of NUC and the Federal Ministry of Education is changed with screening of foreign certificates.

ITRealms gathered that the universities awarded provisional licensees include Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo, Delta State, and Hezekiah University, Umudi, Imo State.

He pointed out that when these students come for the mandatory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) programme, “they are referred to the Ministry of Education to look at the quality of their certificates.”

The ministry, he said, recently decided to set up a joint committee of NUC and the Federal Ministry of Education to look at the quality of those certificates.

“In Ukraine, where we have many of our students for instance, it is not that all the universities are bad; some are really good but it depends on which one. Some of our students who attended universities in Ukraine pass through the UK and get a second degree; in some countries, you can buy a certificate in the airport,” Okojie said.

NUC boss insisted that mere knowledge that a foreign university was approved was not enough as the programme pursued by a student might not be approved.

He expressed dissatisfaction over the quality of universities Nigerian students attend in the West African sub-region, especially in Ghana among others.

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