Nigerian Open University: The Metamorhosis of the Nigerian Satellite Educational Programme

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2002-07
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PCF2 // The Nigerian economy went into a near collapse in the late 1980’s. The concomitant effect was the reluctance of the Nigerian workers in public and private sectors to leave their jobs for full-time University education; leaving certainty for uncertainly! This led to the upsurge of the Satellite educational programme in about 95% of the Universities in Nigeria. The Satellite programme was a ‘study-as-you-work’ educational programme. // This programme had wide acceptability until the coming of the present democratic political dispensation in Nigeria after long years of military rule. Government, through the Federal Ministry of Education, expressed her reservation over the continued existence of this programme in Nigerian tertiary institutions, complaining about the low standard of the degrees being awarded. The Satellite programme was forced, through the use of overnment machinery, to stop operations all over Nigeria. // Empirical evidence, as presented in this paper, confirms that the reality of the moment in Nigeria is the metamorphosis of the Satellite programme into a full fledged Open University. Unlike the former, the Nigerian Open University will not only allow for full control of the quality of learning given to students at the University level, it is designed to incorporate the Polytechnic and Secondary education. // This paper succinctly explains the evolution and sudden collapse of the Satellite degree programme in Nigeria and presents certain proposal for resuscitating the Nigerian Open University. This paper succinctly explains the evolution and sudden collapse of the Satellite degree programme in Nigeria and presents certain proposal for resuscitating the Nigerian Open University. The paper then recommends an Economic Development Distance and Open learning approaches for Nigeria in particular, and the developing world in general. //

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