Advancing the course of Open and Distance Education in Nigeria

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THE seeming university admission gridlock which the Nigeria tertiary education sector is saddled with may seem like an undesirable development. But, I believe that it is more of a blessing than a predicament. We cannot merely continue to decry this situation without exploring viable alternatives.

The international switch to Open and Distance Education (ODE), despite its overwhelming deployment in the global terrain, does not seem to have gained considerable acceptance in Nigeria. Average Nigerian parents impenitently desire to have their wards gain admission into the four walls of the university. Howbeit, these desires are frustrated year-in-year-out as admission quota, especially in public universities diminishes, thus dashing their hopes.

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The solution is apparent: a wide acceptance and massive subscription to Open and Distance…



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