Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) management has reaffirmed that certificates and degrees awarded by the Part-Time and Sandwich programmes of the institution are not in any way inferior to that of regular programmes. This was even as it reiterated that the certificates and degrees are credible and widely accepted both nationally and internationally.
This was disclosed by the duo of the Directors of Institute of Part-Time Programmes and Institute of Education of the institution, Dr. Bolanle Ogungbamila and Dr. Jude Akomolafe, respectively.
According to them, parttime and sandwich students are taught by quality lecturers who also teach the full-time or regular students of the university. Besides, they pointed out that both systems run similar curriculum and academic programmes with regular system, and therefore could not be regarded as inferior to any other.
The only difference, according to Ogungbamila and Akomolafe, is the flexibility and timing of lectures because most part-time and sandwich students are working class students, who are desirous of university education. Ogungbamila said: “The parttime students hold their matriculation and convocation at the same time with regular students, and they are awarded degrees by the same Senate of the university.
In fact, the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) recognisesthegraduates of the system, but gives them Certificate of Exclusion since the government believes that they are already serving the nation in their respective offices or trades.
“We have students who work with the military and other paramilitary forces, just as we have students who are state and federal civil and public servants. We also have bankers, engineers and other professionals coming to the systems for their first and postgraduate degrees.
“I can proudly beat my chest that our students are well taught and they pass through rigorous tests and examinations before we award them our certificates. I can speak for our part-time programmes as very thorough and one that meets the most stringent evaluation and supervision processes.”
Also, Ogungbamila added that AAUA has centres at Akure and Akungba-Akoko for the sandwich and part-time programmes under the regulation of the National Universities Commission (NUC). On his part, Akomolafe, however, cleared the air on the belief in some quarters that Sandwich programmes are only for teachers, stressing: “It is not true that our programmes are only for teachers.
We have professionals and government workers taking our courses. “But, because our courses are education related, we have mapped out convenient time for the students; we run programmes during the school holidays.
We have centre at Iwaro-Oka, while we are working how to expand and having more centres.”