Olu Akeusola who is a former Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the National Open University of Nigeria, and currently the Provost of Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe, Lagos State, has said that graduates of NOUN are not qualified to participate in National Youths Service Corps programs.
He was taking questions from newsmen when he said: “We have the tendency of misinterpreting concepts. NOUN is not meant for regular students. It is not meant for anybody that has just finished his secondary education. NOUN is a flexible programme meant for adults – meant for the working class. It is for people who have sufficient experience, but want academic knowledge and certificates to back up what they are doing.”
He also disclosed that: “NOUN got it wrong when they started admitting students that are JAMB drop-outs—people who are unable to go to conventional universities through JAMB and also fresh secondary school graduates. Automatically, they would be agitating that they want to serve, after all, they are graduates.” Prof. Akeusola said this as some NOUN students want to stage a protest as to why they are eliminated from participating from NYSC.
The university has been contending with a number of issues over the years including the law school refusing to enlist NOUN law graduates into the program.
But these issues raised by Olu Akeusola does not diminish the fact that NOUN is an outstanding institution of higher learning in West Africa providing a flexible mode of education through e-learning which is the hallmark of the 21st century mode of acquiring knowledge in advanced Nations.