Around a million students in Nigeria each year, who are qualified for university entrance, cannot secure a place. The NUC (National Universities Commission, Nigeria) would like to increase the number of people who can study at university level by developing a robust and demanding quality framework which will support the development of high quality distance learning provision.
This is what the situation was in 2009. In 2013 things have changed, and the things have changed for the better. Students in Nigeria now have a vast number of educational opportunities to choose from. Distance learning in Nigeria has opened up global avenues for the students. They can now study at levels that are globally accepted and thereby can compete with students around the world for the best career opportunities available.
Some of the benefits of studying via the distance mode are:
1.It is a recognized degree:
The degree that the Nigerian students receive after completing the online courses, when awarded by recognized foreign universities, has the same value as the degrees earned the on the campus of the university.
2.It is more cost effective:
For students of developing countries, studying on campus, especially abroad is a ridiculously expensive affair. Apart from the sky high on-campus tuition costs, the airfares and cost of living add to the already growing financial burden. Since online education is far more inexpensive, all these costs can be avoided easily.
3.It is taught by the same people:
With the help of technology, the distance mode students too are now taught by the teachers who give lessons at the campus. There is no difference in the quality of teaching as the videos of the on-campus lectures are available to the students online. Streaming videos allow students across different countries to experience real time lectures from special guest lecturers and visiting faculty who are invited to the campus.
Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’I, the Nigerian Minister of education, at the World Education Forum, held in London in 2013, said: “Nigeria has recorded increase in the carrying capacity of tertiary institutions across board. She cited the raise in primary school enrolment by 3.7 million between 2010 and 2012 and Junior Secondary School enrolment by 1.1 million between 2010 and 2012 as some of the yardstick for measuring the impact of the reforms and development in the sector.”
The need for good distance programs are increasing because the number of children being enrolled in school has been increasing over the past few years.
When these children finish school, they should not have to discontinue studying or have to incur huge expenses involved with going abroad to study. Well developed distance programs at reasonable tuition costs will help to not only develop the future of the youth in Nigeria, but the future of Nigeria itself.