Graduates of the National Open University (NOUN) are now eligible for mobilisation by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Also law graduating students of the institution are now qualified to attend the Nigerian Law School.
Senate in its plenary passed an amendment to the law establishing the institution, after it has adopted a report by the committee on tertiary institutions and TETFUND on the bill titled ‘Bill for An Act to Amend the National Open University Act Cap N6 LFN 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2017’.
Submitting in the report, the committee explained that the amendment to the act was to bring the institution at par with the regular universities in the country.
The report said, “The objectives of the bill are as follows:
“These two concepts – correspondence and part-time – significantly affect the way the public views the programs run by the university. This has been the reason why the Law graduates of the school are not admitted into the Nigerian Law School as well as the reason for the non-inclusion of the graduates of the university into the National Youth Service Corps scheme.
“Secondly, to include information and communication technology as another means of providing tuition towards the advancement of learning throughout Nigeria. The National Open University, as currently run, depends critically on virtual learning and students’ individual research, hence, the need for improvement and introduction of helpful learning tools as presented by ICT. This will further deal with the challenge of limited access in the tertiary education sector.”