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NOUN To Admit One Million Undergraduates Soon – Okebukola

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The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is working to raise its admission to one million students soon, chairman of the university’s governing council, Prof Peter Okebokola, has said.

Okebokola revealed this on Friday, in Abuja. According to the chairman, the Open University currently admits up to 450,000 undergraduates.

“The new council would work with the Senate of the university to double enrolment to one million through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in the next couple of years, the chairman said.

“We have about 450, 000 for now but more importantly for us is that the quality of delivery of NOUN programmes will be significantly enhanced so that in another two years, graduates from NOUN will be the best in Nigeria.

“We intend to pick and work with 10 programmes from the university to achieve this goal,” he added.

Okebukola said candidates seeking admission into NOUN would not write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to get enrolled but would be registered within the system of JAMB.

According to him, the council is also exploring new way of conducting examinations for those with visual, speech and hearing impediments through JAMB Equal Opportunity Group.

“About two years ago, the JAMB registrar, in his desire to provide a level ground for all candidates regardless of one’s physical challenge, set up the JAMB Equal Opportunity Group, with me as the chairperson.

“We have been able to conduct UTME for the blind in the last two years. This time, we have done a review of the operation and we’ll require the directives of JAMB to improve the administration of the examinations for the physically challenged.’’

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