“The concept of a National Academic Credit Bank (NAC-Bank) is a great move that has the potential to leave a long lasting impact on our education model. The NAC-Bank will allow students to advance based on their ability to master a skill or subject at their own pace regardless of environment and the institution. The open architecture will also allow students to pick up courses from different Universities and accumulate academic credits which will fulfil partial requirement of a degree programme.
Credit flexibility is a beginning, a necessary step as well as a shift to learner-centered systems which in itself is a transformation. Depending on the strategy pursued, it has the ability to create multiple pathways to graduation. However, for this model to be effective it would need to make better use of technology, support new staffing patterns, utilize teacher skills and interests differently. It should also take advantage of learning opportunities outside the class hours and walls and help identify opportunities to meet the specific learning needs of students. It should also look at fast tracking the adoption of technology in Universities and HEI’s to ensure that institutions are being able to adapt to this change.”