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Though open and distance learning (ODL) has gained prominence in many countries, there are widespread fears for the quality of ODL programmes. Taking the case of the Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education programme of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), this paper examined the
effectiveness of these programmes in their efforts to contribute to the development of human capacity. Noting the scepticism society holds against
ODL programmes, the study sought to establish the comparability of the competence of ODL and conventional face-to-face programme finalists. The
findings were that there is no significant difference in the competence of the two groups. Therefore, it is concluded that the public should rest assured of the credibility of ODL as an avenue for the development of human capacity and take advantage of ODL programmes.
Keywords: Programme evaluation; ODL; Human capacity development