National Universities Commission, NUC, has revealed that it scrapped sub-degree diploma programmes in the Nigerian university system.
This was contained in a statement by the commission’s Deputy Director of Information, Mrs Adebukola Olatunji, in Abuja Monday.
According to him, the ban was part of the decisions at an interactive session of the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, with vice chancellors of federal, state and private universities.
Following this development, universities have been directed to begin the process of winding down sub-degree diplomas.
“Rasheed told vice-chancellors that running sub-degree diplomas was not the business of universities, but that of polytechnics,” the statement added.
The executive secretary reminded them that the Federal Government, in 2001, issued a circular stating that such diplomas could not be used for employment or promotion in the public service.
“Rather than stretch facilities to run sub-degree programmes, universities should direct their energies toward their primary function of producing high level manpower for the economy, by strengthening their part-time programmes.