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#OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Iyke1998(m): 12:55pm On Sep 15
Good day everyone.
I am a student of National Open University Wuse 2 Abuja Study centre.
Please forgive my poor write up

Here are my reasons on why i think National Open University Of Nigeria is not Organized.[b]

(1)POOR COMMUNICATION: [b]
We all know that communication is key in passage of information.As a student of NOUN, you must source for your information by yourself,there are no numbers to call to make inquiries.
For example, during every exams,students are given a 30minutes grace period to arrive your centre, but as a result of this Covid19, the grace period was removed..
Note: This was done without the notice of some students,for some students missed their exams not knowing that the 30mins grace period has been stopped.
Some were trapped in traffic as results of the heavy down pour.

(2)NO UNION[b]
I once heard that they have a SUG President, but for 3years in that school, i have never seen or felt the effect of the SUG.
Students dont have a voice in the school,the VC or Director's decision is the final.

(3)NOT ENOUGH MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS[b]
Imagine having to thousands of naira for 8 materias(Textbook), but you are given only 2.. angry angry
This is what you see in National Open University, and they will always tell you that the reason is because the materials are not available for now..
You will never get to collect it again..

The school is so frustrating.

Lalastic.lala

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Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by paulolee(m): 2:15pm On Sep 15
that's ur opinion because as bad as naija economy is, some people are still enjoying it..
let's wait for others that av a different view about the school..

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Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by sidonlook: 2:50pm On Sep 15
I hope you are not preparing excuses for poor performance or failures.
Since you know what goes on the school, you should know how to graduate and enter a better system.
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by DamZik(m): 3:35pm On Sep 15
And I'm planning to enroll there next year. Is it advisable?
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Iyke1998(m): 8:51pm On Sep 15
paulolee:
that's ur opinion because as bad as naija economy is, some people are still enjoying it..
let's wait for others that av a different view about the school..

My dear, enjoy you say?
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Iyke1998(m): 8:53pm On Sep 15
DamZik:
And I'm planning to enroll there next year. Is it advisable?

Admission is currently ongoing.
Before you enroll,make sure you have a good paying job.
We pay per semester,2semesters in a year.
It kinda expensive tho
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by DamZik(m): 9:01pm On Sep 15
Iyke1998:


Admission is currently ongoing.
Before you enroll,make sure you have a good paying job.
We pay per semester,2semesters in a year.
It kinda expensive tho
Thanks for your candid advise. I appreciate.
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by paulolee(m): 9:10pm On Sep 15
Iyke1998:


My dear, enjoy you say?
yes sir...am studying economics and one sure fact about all economy is dt they are always winners and losers no matter how bad the economy is and i stand on my word that some sets of business men do make massive gains from Nigeria economy no matter how bad it is...
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Fkj202004: 9:58pm On Sep 15
Iyke1998:
Good day everyone.
I am a student of National Open University Wuse 2 Abuja Study centre.
Please forgive my poor write up

Here are my reasons on why i think National Open University Of Nigeria is not Organized.[b]

(1)POOR COMMUNICATION: [b]
We all know that communication is key in passage of information.As a student of NOUN, you must source for your information by yourself,there are no numbers to call to make inquiries.
For example, during every exams,students are given a 30minutes grace period to arrive your centre, but as a result of this Covid19, the grace period was removed..
Note: This was done without the notice of some students,for some students missed their exams not knowing that the 30mins grace period has been stopped.
Some were trapped in traffic as results of the heavy down pour.

(2)NO UNION[b]
I once heard that they have a SUG President, but for 3years in that school, i have never seen or felt the effect of the SUG.
Students dont have a voice in the school,the VC or Director's decision is the final.

(3)NOT ENOUGH MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS[b]
Imagine having to thousands of naira for 8 materias(Textbook), but you are given only 2.. angry angry
This is what you see in National Open University, and they will always tell you that the reason is because the materials are not available for now..
You will never get to collect it again..

The school is so frustrating.

Lalastic.lala

Well I will answer you to the best of my knowledge.

1. I won't say NOUN doesn't pass information rather I will say you want information to be brought to your doorstep. Do you follow NOUN on twitter and not get information and on time? Are you in your centre's Whatsapp/telegram group and information wasn't passed? My advice, go follow NOUN on twitter and join your centre's Whatsapp/telegram group so that you can be getting information and on time. Although, the information about this current examination was passed shortly to the exam, I can tell you that immediately the information came out, 95% of students got to know within few hours. The remaining 5% are the ones that want centre officials to be calling them personally to give them update. Even instructions for the examination was passed since last week.

2. NOUN doesn't have union. The school was firstly created for workers but now most students are young school leavers. How do you expect workers to organise student unions.

3. NOUN's policy is either to give you materials in hard or soft copies, so if you have 3 or 4 textbooks out of 8, go online and download the others. All course materials are online.

Please, stop discouraging people from getting admission into NOUN because you kinda failed to do your part.
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Iyke1998(m): 10:18pm On Sep 15
Fkj202004:


Well I will answer you to the best of my knowledge.

1. I won't say NOUN doesn't pass information rather I will say you want information to be brought to your doorstep. Do you follow NOUN on twitter and not get information and on time? Are you in your centre's Whatsapp/telegram group and information wasn't passed? My advice, go follow NOUN on twitter and join your centre's Whatsapp/telegram group so that you can be getting information and on time. Although, the information about this current examination was passed shortly to the exam, I can tell you that immediately the information came out, 95% of students got to know within few hours. The remaining 5% are the ones that want centre officials to be calling them personally to give them update. Even instructions for the examination was passed since last week.

2. NOUN doesn't have union. The school was firstly created for workers but now most students are young school leavers. How do you expect workers to organise student unions.

3. NOUN's policy is either to give you materials in hard or soft copies, so if you have 3 or 4 textbooks out of 8, go online and download the others. All course materials are online.

Please, stop discouraging people from getting admission into NOUN because you kinda failed to do your part.

MY REPLY
1.Countless time, i have asked for a whatsapp or telegram group of my study centre, till date, i have not be given any response...The school doesn't notify students via sms or emails of any changes..(afterall, what is the essence of them collecting our emails and phone numbers?).
Most times we only get to hear some information only whenever we come to school

2.If there is no student union who do students run to for help?.That means the management decision is final, even when it affects the student..
On the issue of workers organizing a union, we have so many examples of workers operating a functional union,NOUN shouldnt be an exception.

3.After collecting money for the same materials, they still want us to use our money again to go and print materials in soft copy.
Why dont dey refund us the money to enable us go and print the soft copies?
Last semester i did about 8courses but was given only 1 material, the money for the 7 was not given to me..Why allow us pay for something you know is not available?
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Iyke1998(m): 10:19pm On Sep 15
DamZik:
Thanks for your candid advise. I appreciate.

you are welcome
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by KvngEric: 8:36am On Sep 16
I didn’t want to reply but i had to because you obviously feel like you are not being treated right.

I can guess that you are young probably below 21, I have come to this conclusion because you have expectations, only young and inexperienced Nigerians have expectations of how things should be working.

That being said, i want you to know that you are partly correct, and partly wrong. Firstly, we are in Nigeria which when you google it is synonymous with ‘Shit hole’, ‘Zoo’ and ‘Failed state’. Nothing really works the way it should in Nigeria, Open University shouldn’t be an exception.

Go to the Open University thread here in educations section of NL and add Samisha to your contact, tell her to add you to the group. She posts regular updates and she is reliable.

I had expectations when i started this school, I dropped it fast and adapted. I used to complain about textbooks like you, I stopped when I realized that no one gives a dammn, swim or sink. Get yourself an android tablet or iPad and download the coursewares on it, better than printing it out.

I expected that since its an Open University, we would be updated about the goings on in the school via Email, but my dear like Falz said ‘This is Nigeria’ grin
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Fkj202004: 10:00am On Sep 16
Iyke1998:


MY REPLY
1.Countless time, i have asked for a whatsapp or telegram group of my study centre, till date, i have not be given any response...The school doesn't notify students via sms or emails of any changes..(afterall, what is the essence of them collecting our emails and phone numbers?).
Most times we only get to hear some information only whenever we come to school

2.If there is no student union who do students run to for help?.That means the management decision is final, even when it affects the student..
On the issue of workers organizing a union, we have so many examples of workers operating a functional union,NOUN shouldnt be an exception.

3.After collecting money for the same materials, they still want us to use our money again to go and print materials in soft copy.
Why dont dey refund us the money to enable us go and print the soft copies?
Last semester i did about 8courses but was given only 1 material, the money for the 7 was not given to me..Why allow us pay for something you know is not available?


1. If your centre doesn't have a Whatsapp/telegram platform, tell them to do so. That's the fastest way you can get information.

2. NOUN doesn't allow student union because it isn't recognized as a conventional university.

3. I think you didn't read your handbook or you don't even have one. Read your student handbook and you will see that your materials will either be provided electronically or hard copies. If you decide to print, you can't hold anyone for that.

I am not arguing with you but please try to inform your study centre Director so that Whatsapp/telegram group can be created.

Have a nice day.
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Fkj202004: 10:03am On Sep 16
Iyke1998:


MY REPLY
1.Countless time, i have asked for a whatsapp or telegram group of my study centre, till date, i have not be given any response...The school doesn't notify students via sms or emails of any changes..(afterall, what is the essence of them collecting our emails and phone numbers?).
Most times we only get to hear some information only whenever we come to school

2.If there is no student union who do students run to for help?.That means the management decision is final, even when it affects the student..
On the issue of workers organizing a union, we have so many examples of workers operating a functional union,NOUN shouldnt be an exception.

3.After collecting money for the same materials, they still want us to use our money again to go and print materials in soft copy.
Why dont dey refund us the money to enable us go and print the soft copies?
Last semester i did about 8courses but was given only 1 material, the money for the 7 was not given to me..Why allow us pay for something you know is not available?


If you have issues, you are always free to go to your centre to complain and if they can't, they will surely escalate the issue to headquarters.

Well, send me an email at Fkj202004@gmail.com and I will always keep in touch with you so that you won't feel bad about the school.
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Iyke1998(m): 10:37am On Sep 16
Fkj202004:


If you have issues, you are always free to go to your centre to complain and if they can't, they will surely escalate the issue to headquarters.

Well, send me an email at Fkj202004@gmail.com and I will always keep in touch with you so that you won't feel bad about the school.

Noted.
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by Iyke1998(m): 10:43am On Sep 16
KvngEric:
I didn’t want to reply but i had to because you obviously feel like you are not being treated right.

I can guess that you are young probably below 21, I have come to this conclusion because you have expectations, only young and inexperienced Nigerians have expectations of how things should be working.

That being said, i want you to know that you are partly correct, and partly wrong. Firstly, we are in Nigeria which when you google it is synonymous with ‘Shit hole’, ‘Zoo’ and ‘Failed state’. Nothing really works the way it should in Nigeria, Open University shouldn’t be an exception.

Go to the Open University thread here in educations section of NL and add Samisha to your contact, tell her to add you to the group. She posts regular updates and she is reliable.

I had expectations when i started this school, I dropped it fast and adapted. I used to complain about textbooks like you, I stopped when I realized that no one gives a dammn, swim or sink. Get yourself an android tablet or iPad and download the coursewares on it, better than printing it out.

I expected that since its an Open University, we would be updated about the goings on in the school via Email, but my dear like Falz said ‘This is Nigeria’ grin


Firstly, I'm in my late twenties.i no be small PIKIN.
I've a laptop (core i7)
My anger is that despite their inability to provide this materials,they still collect money from students.

Well like Falz said,"this is NIGERIA"
Re: #OPINION: National Open University Is Not An Organised University. by KvngEric: 1:44pm On Sep 16
Iyke1998:


Firstly, I'm in my late twenties.i no be small PIKIN.
I've a laptop (core i7)
My anger is that despite their inability to provide this materials,they still collect money from students.

Well like Falz said,"this is NIGERIA"

I apologize for assuming that you are young. lipsrsealed

You are actually not paying for textbooks, you are paying for the opportunity to study the course with Open University, textbooks are free to download on their site and free to be given to you if you register the course and require the physical copy.

I prefer my iPad to any i7 or i9 laptop because iPad is super light and battery can last me for a day and half on heavy reading.

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