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Monday, 18 November 2019

The Dis-accreditation of Some More Departments in OAU


The Dis-accreditation of Some More Departments in OAU
Just last year, some aspirants of Law, Med. Rehab., Dentistry and Botany in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) received SMSes from 55019 (supposedly belonging to JAMB (as that’s the same number they received their generated code from when they were registering for the 2018 UTME). These SMSes were sent to inform the candidates that their choice of course/department in their chosen school was unaccredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC), and they should change to another institution or course. Then came the expected panic everywhere online and offline by candidates and parents, everyone wanted to know the truth about the dis-accreditation and what they should do next. Hence, this write-up I published last year about how the departments lost their accreditation: OAU’S Law, Med. Rehab., Dentistry and Botany: The Dis-accreditation, and the Untold Truth About it All. One year later, some of these departments are only still trying to get their department accredited again, and yet another department (Business Administration) lost her accreditation again just last week, and more departments (especially in the Faculty of Education) may be facing the risk of losing their accreditation too sooner or later, due to unavailability or inadequacy of the needed resources to stand as a department offering such course.
The question right now should not only be why are those departments losing their accreditation?But also, which department is the next to lose it? The reason for this question is because I know very well that going by the NUC Benchmarks for universities, no department in OAU is worth having an accreditation to offer their course, due to lack of the needed resources—materials, facilities and humans, or the availability of such resources in inadequate counts.
However, while expecting the Faculty of Law and one or two more departments that have corrected some things about what made them lose their accreditation last year to regain the accreditation back soon, we also expect more departments to lose their accreditation this year to follow the Department of Business Administration that recently did. Also, we can only start wishing the 2019/2020 UTME applicants who have chosen Business Administration the luck to get another course, as OAU does not automatically consider applicants for another course different from the course they have chosen; lest they have done some underground processing (“runs”) on it, and unfortunately, most of these applicants wouldn’t know something had happen to the department they are waiting to be admitted to. If you are one of the candidates in this group, I advise you to get up and do something before it is too late. I wish you all the best as you try.

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