NUC Has Suspended Laboratory Science Course For 2015/2016 Academic Session

NUC Explains Suspension Of Laboratory
Science Course For 2015/2016 Academic

The National Universities Commission (NUC)
on Friday said that it suspended Medical
laboratory science courses for the
2015/2016 academic session to enable it
take stock of the programme.

The NUC Director of Academic Standards, Dr
Gidado kumo, gave the explanation in an
interview with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Abuja.

NAN recalls that students, who sought to
apply for the discipline in 2015/2016
academic year, complained that it was not
listed by the Joint Admission and
Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Kumo said that JAMB removed the course
from its website for 2015/2016 session in
compliance with an NUC directive. According
to him, the NUC has numerous unresolved
problems with the Medical Laboratory
Science and the Medical Laboratory Council.

“We decided as a commission whose
responsibility it is to oversee all the
programmes to stop the programmes and
take stock of the activities of the
programmes and the council across Nigerian
university system.

He described as illegal the directive from the
council for the establishment of Medical
Laboratory Science faculties. Kumo said that
Medical Laboratory Science should be a
department within the faculty of basic
medical sciences in the Colleges of Health

According to him, government may not have
the capacity to fund these faculties as
proposed because it will amount to
duplication and extra cost for government.
“In addition, the council further went ahead
to produce a new curriculum and circulated
to universities for adoption which was
clearly outside the jurisdiction of the

“Not forgetting also that in 2008, there were
many universities running this programme
without the approval of NUC; some of them
were run in institutes. He said that a
comprehensive auditing of the programmes
were conducted before they were closed
down and asked universities to take the
students to their main campuses.

The director said that NUC remained the
statutory agency of government responsible
for approval of courses, approval of new
faculties and determination of the funding
of universities.

He said discussions with the council were
ongoing, adding that the programme would
be released once all pending issues were
sorted out.

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