The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards prepared by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
ASUU said it was nightmarish, a threat to quality university education, and an erosion of powers of the university Senate in Nigerian universities.
This was contained in a statement signed by the national president of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, on Friday.
It said that it was inexplicable that NUC pre-packaged 70 per cent CCMAS contents were being imposed on the Nigerian University System, noting that university Senates, who are statutorily responsible for academic programme development, were left to work on only 30 per cent.
It stressed that there were growing concerns about the numerous shortcomings and gross inadequacies of the CCMAS documents.
“ASUU is not unaware that setmoneyting academic standards and assuring quality in the NUS is within the remit of the NUC. Section 10(1) of the Education (National
Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Act, Cap E3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, enjoins the NUC to lay down the minimum standards for all universities and other degree awarding institutions in the Federation and conduct the accreditation of their degrees and other academic awards,’’ the statement said.
“However, the process of generating the standard is as important (if not more important) than what is produced as “minimum standards.
In this instance, the NUC has recently, through some hazy procedures, churned out CCMAS documents containing 70% curricular contents in 17 academic fields with little or no input from the universities. The academic disciplines covered are (i) Administration and Management, (ii) Agriculture, (iii) Allied Health Sciences, (iv) Architecture, (v) Arts, (vi) Basic Medical Sciences, (vii) Computing, (viii) Communication and Media Studies, (ix) Education, (x) Engineering and Technology, (xi) Environmental Sciences, (xii) Law, (xiii) Medicine and Dentistry, (xiv) Pharmaceutical Science, (xv) Sciences, (xvi) Social Sciences, and (xvii) Veterinary Medicine,” it read partly.