Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Nigeria: Academic Staff Union Opposed to New Curriculum for Universities

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) prepared by the National Universities Commission.

The union described the new curriculum as a threat to quality university education and erosion of powers of the university Senate in Nigerian universities.

A statement signed by the national president of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke yesterday, explained that it was inexplicable that the NUC pre-packaged 70 per cent CCMAS contents were being imposed on the Nigerian University System, adding that university senates, which are statutorily responsible for academic programme development, were left to work on only 30 per cent.

It stressed that there were growing concerns about the numerous shortcomings and gross inadequacies of the CCMAS documents.

“The ASUU is not unaware that setting academic standards and assuring quality is within the remit of the NUC. Section 10(1) of the Education National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions Act, Cap E3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, enjoins the NUC to lay down the minimum standards for all universities and other degree-awarding institutions in the federation and conduct the accreditation of their degrees and other academic awards.

“However, the process of generating the standard is as important (if not more important) than what is produced as “minimum standards.”

Reacting, NUC said the assertion that there was no official communication from NUC to the Universities on the review of the BMAS is not correct.