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Posted on: Jun 21, 2019 | Author : Dayo Olajide

Open and Distance Education (ODE) is undeniably the solution to access in the contemporary crave and pursuit of university education. Undoubtedly, the platform was established with the working class in mind. However, the reality of inadequate space to accommodate prospective candidates on the conventional mode has been a major challenge in the tertiary education sector. For this reason, many fresh school leavers are now subscribing to the Open Distance Learning (ODL) mode of educational delivery which the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre (UIDLC) represents.

To spur more candidates to come on board the ODL platform, the UIDLC Management has magnanimously enacted a policy which absorbs Unibadan post-UTME candidates who are unable to secure admissions on the regular mode of the university. The policy explicitly states that this category of candidates would be exempted from obtaining fresh applications to UIDLC if they opt to switch to the ODL alternative.
However, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) issue has been a recurrent concern especially when young prospective candidates consider the ODL mode.

The NYSC is a scheme which graduates desire to experience. This is one of the reasons why young admission seekers try out their luck every year to gain admission through the regular mode. Unfortunately, frustration sets in after many failed attempts.

After series of consultations and extensive deliberations at relevant quarters by the UIDLC Management, the National Universties Commission (NUC) has approved that graduates on the UIDLC mode be mobilized for NYSC or issued exclusion certificates, as the case may be. This approval covers the fifteen undergraduate programmes being run on the UIDLC platform. These include: B.A. English; B.A. Philosophy and Public Affairs; B.A. History & Diplomatic Studies; B.A. Communication & Language Art; B.Sc. Psychology; B.Sc. Economics; B.Sc. Political Science; B.Sc. Sociology; BSW. Social Work; BLIS. Library, Archival & Information Studies; B.Ed. Guidance & Counseling; B.Ed. Adult Education; B.Ed. Educational Management; B.Sc. Computer Science and B.Sc. Statistics.

The Centre has commenced procedures of capturing its learners on the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) platform in order to mobilize them for NYSC. Learners who graduate before age thirty can now heave a sigh of relief; NYSC mobilization is now a reality.

The Director of the Centre, Professor Oyesoji Aremu should indeed be commended for leading his management team to achieve this feat. Newly admitted and current learners on the UIDLC platform can now eat their cakes and have it! One huddle after the other, UIDLC keeps sustaining the legacy of providing an educational platform for liberty and development.

Hearty congratulations to the U.I. Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, the Director, Management, entire staff of the Centre and learners on the ODL mode of the University of Ibadan on this heartwarming development.

Dayo Olajide
Communications Officer, UIDLC

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