The platform of the Open and Distance Education (ODE) was established to ease the working class academic minds but has however enticed the mind of many fresh secondary school graduates who are denied access into the conventional mode through post UTME. It has served as an alternative solution to accessing University education.
In order to increase the number of candidates on the ODL program, the UIDLC Management has legislated a blueprint which guzzlers candidates that are unable to meet the cut-off of Unibadan post-UTME and are therefore unable to secure admission on the regular mode of the university.
According to Dayo Olajide, the Communications Officer of UIDLC, “the enactment unequivocally states that the category of candidates would be exempted from obtaining fresh applications to UIDLC if they opt to switch to the ODL alternative”.
He said, “the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) issue has been a recurrent concern especially when young prospective candidates consider the ODL mode.
After series of consultations and extensive deliberations by the UIDLC Management concerning involving DPC students on the NYSC scheme, the National Universties Commission (NUC) has approved that graduates on the UIDLC mode be mobilized for NYSC or issued exclusion certificates.
This approval covers the fifteen undergraduate programmes being run on the UIDLC platform including B.A. English, B.A. Philosophy and Public Affairs, 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”.