Breaking News...... FG scraps HND certificate, makes Fresh rule for polythetnics.

Federal Government has scrapped Award of HND
Certificates by Polytechnics.The decision was reached at the
Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday where the
approval of a comprehensive reform of Nigeria’s tertiary
education system was made.
In effect, the award of HND will be limited to only the
students currently admitted for the programmes.Also, all the
programmes currently being run by polytechnics, which are
not technology-based, and which are about 70 per cent, will
be scrapped.Under the new rule, the polytechnics will now
become campuses of the proximate universities with the
Vice Chancellors of those universities appointing provosts
for the polytechnics, subject to the ratification of the
Universities Councils.
The polytechnics will now be limited to award of the
National Diploma (ND) while those desirous of further
education will be awarded the Bachelor of Technology (B.
Tech) by the proximate university.To kick-start the new
policy, the nation’s two most prominent polytechnics – Yaba
College of Technology and Kaduna Polytechnic – will
henceforth be known as City University of Technology, Yaba
and City University of Technology, Kaduna.And to give legal
teeth to these approvals, the FEC approved the submission
of two Executive bills to the National Assembly for
With education being on the concurrent list, the states may
wish to consolidate their tertiary institutions. But if they do
not wish to follow the federal example, their programmes will
continue to be regulated by the relevant agencies of the
Federal Ministry of Education.The first bill will concretise the
setting up of the two city universities while the second will
approve the preparation and consolidation of all federal
polytechnics and colleges of education as campuses of
proximate universities.
The Ministry of Justice will do the preparation and
submission of the two bills to the National Assembly.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, told journalists after
the weekly meeting of the council that under the reform
measures, his ministry would, however, continue to license
private polytechnics and colleges of education for the award
of qualification at ND and National Certificate in Education
(NCE) levels.
He said,
“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
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.”

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