Following the recent de-accreditation of some courses offered by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), the state government has called on the students to remain calm.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Dr Simon Ortuanya, told newsmen in Enugu that the situation was under control as the state government would ensure that the accreditation was retrieved.
He said that the vice chancellor of ESUT and other principal officers of the university were already discussing with the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to ensure the retrieval of the accreditation.
“As I speak to you, the vice chancellor of ESUT, together with the registrar and other top management of the institution, are already in Abuja and they are talking with NUC.
“Our take is that NUC should have just deactivated the online programme and should not have gone to de-accredit undergraduate programmes because the undergraduate programme is not the issue at this point but what is the issue is just the online programme.’’
Our correspondent reports that the NUC had de-accredited some programmes run by ESUT, including those running on full-time basis in the university’s campus.
Among courses de-accredited are bachelor of science degrees in accounting, business administration, banking and finance, economics, marketing, political science and public administration.
Others are degrees in applied microbiology and brewing, computer and information science, as well as industrial mathematics with statistics.
The de-accreditation by the NUC followed an advertorial by the university on admission of Undergraduate Electronic Mature Students Programme (e-MSP) for the 2012/2013 academic session.
The NUC said the programmes were illegal and not recognised by the commission.