The National Universities Commission (NUC) has abolished the pass degree in all Nigerian universities with effect from the 2013/2014 academic session.
The Vice-Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, made this known at its 2014/2015 matriculation ceremony.
According to him, this has far-reaching implications on the grading system of the students in the universities.
“What this means is that the minimum pass mark for courses in the universities will now be 45 per cent, that is, D-grade instead of the previous 40 per cent which was E-grade while the minimum class of grade to be earned by the students will be now be Third Class,” he said.
He stated that none of the students in the universities would graduate with a pass grade.
Zuru stated that 4,133 students admitted for the 2014/2015 academic session in the university were matriculated at the event.
The vice-chancellor urged the students to shun extremism, violence, ethnicity, political intolerance and religious prejudice.
Zuru commended the federal government and its agencies for fully transforming the landscape of the university.
In a remark, the Dean of Students’ Affairs of the institution, Dr. Adamu Aliero, warned the students against flouting the university’s rules and regulations to avoid sanctions.
Aliero also promised that the management of the university would continue to accord top priority to the provision of welfare facilities to the members of its community.
The Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Students’ Union, Mr. Aminu Wushishi, pledged that the students would continue to be law abiding.