Breaking News: The Federal Government has scrapped the award of Higher National Diploma certificates by Polytechnics in the country and HND Certificate is Now Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech).
If you are still asking; has HND been changed to B tech? Well, the answer might be yes! See the full official news below;
The Federal government has scrapped the award of HND certificates by Polytechnics. The decision was reached at the Federal Executive Council, FEC today where the approval of a comprehensive reform of Nigeria’s tertiary education system was made.
In effect, the award of the Higher National Diploma programme, 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 enactment.
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 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.”
Source: Premiumtime, vanguardngr, lindaikejisblog, thenetng.
what will happen to non technical courses and how do we apply
It has not been fully implemented yet.
Good news for Non university students.
But why is there still sales of HND Form for this session.
It has not been fully implemented yet. And I don’t think it will be done anytime soon. (I personally heard this news far back in 2007 or so)
This will be the greatest gift of the year. Kudos
what of people in HND now,what certificate are they coming out with by 2019
It will be the same. This has not been fully implemented yet.
Please remove the news since it not yet implemented… so we won’t dream far. Till it official then you can now post d news.
For now it dosnt have meaning.
If the federal government is trying to do as good as this , they shouldn’t discriminate non technical students from given b.tech or b.A. every students should be treated equal,so that the equation will be balanced or they should increase the expenses of the non technical students to be equal with the technical’s own