The National Universities Commission (NUC) has been accused of trying to create a huge gap between the rich and the poor by applying policies that will stop the poor from acquiring education.
A rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law(Intersociety) while briefing journalists on its recent findings and the presentation of a research memo said that the suspension of part-time programmes in universities would further cut off the poor from education.
The group’s chairman, board of trustees, Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi said that NUC’s action negated all known sections of the 1999 constitution and the African charter on Human Rights and the People’s rights of the African Union, 1981 as domesticated in Nigeria in 1983.
He maintained that with over 160 million Nigerians, the 124 universities in Nigeria are not enough to satisfy the quest for university education in the country, and that part-time programmes have been coming to the aid of many.
Intersociety averred that NUC’s suspension of part-time programmes in Nigerian universities will further plunge the country into academic oblivion.