August 12, 2011 – All Part Time Programmes Scrapped in Lagos State University
Lagos governor, Tunde Fashola has scrapped all part time programmes run by the Lagos State University, LASU, with effect from the next academic session. There are over 20,000 students running part time programmes in LASU Satellite campuses.
This move means that all the satellite campuses, Anthony, Agege, Epe and Egbeda, will be closed from the next session. The state government said that the move is an attempt to reposition the institution.
A statement by the governor’s adviser on education, Fatai Olukoga read, “Governor Fashola has already approved the cancellation of LASU’s part time programmes and abolition of the School of Part Time Studies as a way of streamlining its focus to enable it get through with accreditation of many of its courses.”
According to the statement, the government was prepared to bring the school to a high standard of academic excellence and promised to do his best to make the institution fulfil the educational needs of its youths.
Olukoga further explained that the decision was based on the recommendation and decision of its Governing Council. He said that the decision came after due consideration of the report of a Visitation Panel set up by the governor to look into the academic and administrative activities of the school in the last 10 years with a view to finding a permanent solution to the recurring crises in the institution.
He said that all stakeholders, operators of the system, the students and the public in general would be duly informed of the new directives.
The National Universities Commission, NUC, had last year withdrawn the accreditation of nine courses being run by the institution. The crises also led to the sack of its former Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lateef Hussain. The visitation panel set up by the governor to look into the finances and other activities of the school submitted its report last year. Daily times