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FG Scraps Award of HND Certificates

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has scrapped the Higher National Diploma Certificate issued by Polytechnics in the country.

This comprehensive reform of tertiary education was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
This new development is expected to take effect immediately; More so, the award of HND certificate will be limited only to students currently admitted to the programmes, while only technology based programme will be allowed in polytechnics and nontechnical courses will be scrapped.
This new changes, will see polytechnics as campuses of the closest university to them, in terms of proximity, while the appointment of Provosts, will have to come from the Vice Chancellors and the Governing Council of said University.
The polytechnics will be limited to award of Ordinary National Diploma (OND), while students who are desirous of furthering their studies, will be awarded the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) by the proximate university.

However, to kickoff the new policy, Yaba College of Technology and Kaduna Polytechnic – will henceforth be known as City University of Technology, Yaba and City University of Technology, Kaduna.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while briefing newsmen, said his ministry would, however, continue to license private polytechnics and colleges of education for the award of OND and National Certificate in Education (NCE) levels.

“There will be no more award of HND. After we have exhausted the current students under the programme, there will be no more award of HND.

“This means that there will be no fresh admission for HND programmes.

“And in addition, any programme that is not technical will be out of the polytechnics.

“About 70 per cent of polytechnic graduates are in the non-technical courses. It is going to be a rigorous implementation programme.”

A ministerial committee to ensure the smooth implementation of all that is required for the take-off of the reform initiatives is to begin work immediately. Adamu said,

“The HND certificate will remain a legal tender in Nigeria and holders of such certificate will continue to be recognised as the equivalent of first degree holders without discriminatory remunerations and limit to progression in the work place.

“The NCE certificate will be retained as the minimum teaching qualification at the basic level of education.

“Any higher qualifications by these private or state-owned polytechnics will be only affiliation with a university.

“So, HND is no longer in existence, but existing HND will be respected and considered legal tender.”