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Appeal to NOUN Management

Sir, foremost, let me on behalf of my colleagues commend the management team of the NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA (NOUN) led by Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, seasoned administrator per excellence for his recent meeting with the Senator Samuel Anyanwu -led Senate Committee towards proffering long-lasting solutions to the rejection of NOUN law graduates in the law school​. Your name is about to be written in the sand of time if breakthrough is being recorded.

Specifically, let me appeal to the School's Directorate of Exams and Assessments to immediately review the just released second draft time table which schedules more than two examinations for students in a day​. Although, it's well known to all and sundry that the school has an elongated calendar this semester, pls kindly put in place student friendly measures to ensure an hitch free examination period and not gateway to failure again!

However, while concerned students await the quick refund of their hard earned fee that was swept away with the old portal, may I also on behalf of others call the attention of the Institution, particularly, the Management Information System to the non availability of some TMAs as examination is fast approaching with the recent release of two sets of draft timetables, it will be appalling if there is a replica of inefficiency on the part of the management in the assessment of TMAs like that of the previous semester where mass failure was recorded by serious minded students due to the inability of the school to allow the submission of TMAs.

We hope for quick action in response to these complaints.


*Adelanwa Quadri

Abeokuta Study Centre, Ogun State
Published on The Nation Newspaper, 19th May, pg 18

NOUN is NOT a Part-Time Institution.

OPEN UNIVERSITY IS NEVER A PART-TIME INSTITUTION
AM PROUD TO BE A NOUNITE
There is a perception in the public that the National Open University
of Nigeria (NOUN) run part time programmes, but this perception is
not founded on any truth. Rather, it is a mere perception by those who
lack adequate knowledge of the Open Education system.
For the purpose of education, let me set the record straight once and
for all, National Open University has never been a part time
institution, it has never ran a part program, neither would it ever
run any part time programme. Open University is a full time
institution whose mode of study is full flesh Open Education system.
The Open University is a full time study through open mode of learning
where high quality self-directed, learner-centered instructional
course materials are made available to students, while instructional
facilitation is carried out when necessary,typically after
arrangements have been made by the university based on agreement
between the students and the course facilitators. Although, there
sometimes exist tutorial facilitation, this optional for students who
wish to participate. In NOUN, guidance counselors supports are
available at the study centres to provide individual students with the
necessary information, support and study skills.
As clearly stated on the website of NOUN, this single mode of open
education is different from the integration of distance learning
system into the face-to-face teaching and learning system, which is
more typical of conventional universities.
The Open University system is designed in such a way that as a
students, you are required to study everyday for specific hours.
Rather than be coming to a classroom where lecturers teach students
every day like the conventional universities, the Open University
course materials are designed in such a way that, it is easily
comprehensible by any reader. It would feel as if a lecturer is
teaching it to you. And in case you still need clarification on some
modules, your facilitators and other students are there online through
the i-learn platform to seek clarification and interact, this is in
addition to the face to face facilitation that is being organized for
students at the study centres.
It is important to note that, what many seems to be unaware of is the
fact that, National Open University of Nigeria is one of the fastest
degree awarding Universities in Nigeria,all of its 4years degree
courses can be completed within 4years or even less and some of its
Masters degree could also be completed in a year or less, at most,
1year and half.. I don’t think this is a quality you can find in any
part time study.
So, it is important to explain the difference between part time and
Open Education system.
There is a sharp difference between part time study, popularly called
distance learning in conventional universities and the Open University
mode of learning which adopt the Open and Distance Learning model.
Part time study from the distance learning in conventional
universities are a study in which you spend more years than the normal
years to complete the course. That mode of learning could be studies
done in the weekend, evening classes or even few days in a week.
For example, if Accounting Degree is ordinarily completed in four
years by students, those studying it on part time (distance learning)
may need 6years to get it. The duration of a part time degree is
longer than a full time degree. Also, full time degree students may
pay lesser amount than part time students. Part time students have
less credit unit each semester than full time students for the same
course.
But in the Open University open mode of educational system, what we
have is not a part time study, rather, it is a full time study done in
a flexible and convenient way.
Here, a 4years course is a 4years course, you do not require any extra
years to complete it. However, you are allowed to determine how you
intend to study within your own time schedule.
At the beginning of your study, you are made to be aware of the number
of compulsory credit unit courses required to graduate. If by the
design of the institution, you are required to complete at least 8
courses each semester, but because of your schedule, either your work,
finance or whatever, you may choose to re-arrange how to complete your
courses.
Rather than register for 8 courses every semester, you may choose to
register only 4 courses when your schedule is tight, then register 12
in another semester when you are less busy.
When you are broke, you may abandon study to hustle, then come back
the next semester after getting enough fund to register. This time,
rather than register 8 like other students, you may register 10 or
more to gradually cover the courses you have missed the other
semesters.
How you register your courses do not concern the institution, all that
mattered is for you to complete them and pass your examinations.
Anyone who fail to complete the mandatory courses due to what ever
reason will be left behind, while others who have completed theirs
would graduate within the stipulated time.
Since no one actually knows the lecturers that mark your script in pen
and paper examinations, and you get instant result in your e-exams,
its almost impossible to manipulate the system. Here, it is almost
impossible to pass examinations if you have not properly comprehended
the study materials. You may never graduate even after 8years.
Through this model, those who work do less study when they are busy at
work, they carry more course loads during their leave or other less
tasking periods. And since facilitation (tutor) is optional, they do
not need to attend any lecture if they have well comprehended the high
quality self-directed, learner-centered instructional course materials
that are made available to students.
Also, let me use this opportunity to also inform you that, there is
also a sharp difference between distance learning and online learning.
Both study involves studies you can do at your own time, anywhere you
are. However, there are few things that generally separate distance
learning from online learning.
Distance learning courses are self study and involve things being sent
to you by post, such as text books, worksheets and DVD’s. Sometimes,
this materials is sent via email. In either case, the participants
will work at home, usually alone, to complete the course. Distance
learning sometimes don’t involve a specific teacher, its more about
you completing your work independently and only sending it back for
markings.
However, online learning is similar, though there are differences.
In online learning, there will be more interaction with others such as
an online forums or taking tests. You will be able to contact your
teacher this way too via email or by video link. Online courses
sometimes involve video seminars being broadcast live. So, its just
like being in a classroom but you are scattered around the country.
The Open University integrated the online learning into its system,it
also included the face to face facilitation which is optional and then
require students to visit the study centre time to time for group
discussion, counseling, facilitation (tutorial) and to collect
educational materials. With this arrangement, the school is able to
deliver quality through open and flexible mode of learning.
Finally, let me remind you once again that, National Open University
is not a part time institution, it has never been. Open University is
a full time university where incomparable quality learning is taking
place. Until you come into the system,you may never know what you are
missing.
I don’t care if you attend Obafemi Awolowo University, University of
Ibadan, Unilag, Unilorin or whatever, just have it at the back of your
mind that, you are not in anyway better than students or graduates of
Open University, actually, you are not comparable. Open University is
first of its kind.

Between Law School And Law Graduates

THE sudden transfer of Hon. Justice B.O. Quadri of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to Abuja Judicial Division after fixing a date for judgment on the Nigerian Law School admission tussle between the students of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and the Council of Legal Education (CLE), leaves much to be desired. The preliminary objection alone lingered in the court for over a year but finally was ruled in favour of the students prior to commencement of the substantive matters.

NOUN, a FGN-special project in compliance with the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on education was established by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration. To motivate Nigerians, Obasanjo enrolled in the university’s programme, graduated and is presently doing a doctorate degree in Theology; all for authentication purposes.

The university’s ten faculties including Law are accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and it has notable Nigerians, including members of the National Assembly, offering one programme or the other without hitches except Law, which faces challenges with the CLE, a body vested with the responsibility of training of law graduates in the law school.

The students in a representative action through their counsel, Professor Amuda Kannike Abiodun (SAN), dragged the Council of Legal Education (CLE), the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the NOUN to court in Suit No: FHC/PH/CS/111/2015 to explain why gates of the Nigerian Law School were shut against them, contrary to provisions clearly spelt out in the Students Handbooks which guaranteed admission for vocational training upon award of a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) by the university, and also prayed the court, among others, to order the CLE to admit them into law school immediately. The CLE’s summative arguments pointed at the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of NOUN as against the conventional method hitherto dominant in the country. Already, the matter has lingered in the court for about three years, leaving the graduates idle and in a dilemma with series of a adjournments, preliminary objections, absences of judge and public holidays aborting the court sittings. Nevertheless, the graduates doggedly maintained decorum, believing that since the university’s law programme which is the subject matter is duly accredited by the statutory body and approved by the federal government, justice will ultimately prevail.

Incidentally, on the day of arguments on December 07, 2016, Hon. Justice Quadri after listening to all the parties fixed January 27, 2017 for judgment with the students in high spirits, hoping futilely that the end had finally come, until the judge’s absence with no communication made it obvious. Usually, transfer of judges is not strange in the country but where such happens, two options are inevitable in sync with continuity in public service. The transferred judge is at liberty to personally deliver judgments on concluded matters or transfer case files to his successor to read the judgment.

As the judgment was not delivered as scheduled, it implies that the students who submitted to the legal system may perpetually be kept in the court with different technicalities. To start with, is the Nigerian Law School a fiefdom of some citizens? What offences did the students commit to deserve such resolute hate and discriminatory tendencies against them? From the arguments, it was obvious that all enabling laws are in favour of NOUN as the opposing party only anchored on the proficiency of the noble profession which in law is merely persuasive.

The dangerous implication is that having waited patiently since 2015 in the court and finally got to judgment but was tactically quashed for whatever reasons, the new judge may restart the case afresh which may linger again as evident in our judicial system.

Now, the questions begging for answers on account that justice is being denied these innocent students are: could it have been more ideal if these students had taken the law into their own hands with violence and, perhaps, a showdown that may warrant forceful closure of the Nigerian Law School campuses in the country? Is the court becoming a political party where political gimmicks are obtainable irrespective of the laid down rules? How long will the federal government watch a body under it subject its citizens to psychological trauma and deliberately frustrate with tactics and flimsy excuses innocent students who accepted its offers of admission and went through the same course-outlines as members of the agency?

Is it a normalcy for parties, after closing their arguments, to start the matter afresh after fixing judgment without appellate orders, perhaps, a party is not satisfied on the arguments presented by its counsel? Overall, can we continue with the slogan that ‘anything is possible in Nigeria’? Justice delayed is ultimately denied. Hence, if a court refuses to give a judgment on a matter it competently heard, it implies the country is rapidly drifting towards George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ where’ all animals are equal but some are more equal than others”.

Nonetheless, the federal government and the judiciary should not forget that the victims are students who put in their best time and resources in pursuit of a desirable career. Regardless of whatever reasons, it is a politically-motivated attack on the legal system not to deliver a judgment after listening to parties. Sadly, the court is the last hope of the common man. To substantiate the assumptions, the AGF who is the fourth defendant representing the federal government submitted a secret written brief and successfully urged the court to accept it as oral arguments in an open court. What an aberration!

Finally, on the judgment date, only the counsels representing the plaintiffs and NOUN were sighted at the court premises which was indicative that others were probably put on notice not to waste their time as the judgment would never come. This is, indeed a ridiculous and dangerous omen of egotism, tyranny and persecution.

Umegboro writes from Abuja.

Registration for Returning Students

RETURNING STUDENTS REGISTRATION

Returning students should please register afresh on the portal and activate their wallets to enable them register for the Semester. Welcome to StudWare!



Step by Step Procedure for Registration for Returning students



1. Visit the site www.nouonline.com



2. On the Home Page, go to the Menu Bar, Click  “Student Login”



3.  Click “Register”



4.  Input Details



5. Click “Submit”



After  Submission



6. Goto “Login” on the Menu and click



7. Enter Matric number and password to login



8. Goto “Manage Wallet”



9. Click  “Load Wallet”



10. Enter details and amount



11. Click “Pay”



12. Copy and take your Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) number to any bank branch for payment.



After Payment



13. Login



14. Goto  “Manage Wallet”



15. Click “Check Payment Status”



16. Enter Matric Number and RRR number



17. Click “Check Wallet Payment”



Registration



18. Click “Home”



19. Click “Registration”



20. Select Semester Registration



21. Enter Details. (Note: Semester Count; your to specify the number of compulsory fee payment made so far including present semester.)



22. Click “Submit”



23. Proceed with course and exam registration

8 Powerful Tips to Remember what you Read.

8 Powerful Tips to Remember what you Read


Despite television, cell phones, and Twitter, traditional reading is still an important skill. Whether it is school textbooks, magazines, or regular books, people still read, though not as much as they used to. One reason that many people don’t read much is that they don’t read well. For them, it is slow, hard work and they don’t remember as much as they should. Students, for example,may have to read something several times before they understand and remember what they read.

Why? You would think that schools teach kids how to read well. Schools do try. I work with middle-school teachers and they tell me that many students are 2-3 years behind grade level in reading proficiency. No doubt, television, cell phones, and the Web are major contributors to this problem, which will apparently get worse if we don’t emphasize and improve reading instruction.

Some of the blame can be placed on the fads in reading teaching, such as phonics and “whole language,” which sometimes are promoted by zealots who don’t respect the need for both approaches. Much of the blame for poor reading skills can be laid at the feet of parents who set poor examples and, of course, on the youngsters who are too lazy to learn how to read well.

For all those who missed out on good reading skills, it is not too late. I summarize below what I think it takes to read with good speed and comprehension.

1. Read with a purpose.
2. Skim first.
3. Get the reading mechanics right.
4. Be judicious in highlighting and note taking.
5. Think in pictures.
6. Rehearse as you go along.
7. Stay within your attention span and work to increase that span.
8. Rehearse again soon.

Here you have it. You too can love reading and remember everything you read.

Please, comment below if you have other useful mechanisms to read and remember.

Thank you.



Credit: Sharp Brains.