The federal government has scrapped the award of Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates by polytechnics.
The decision to scrap the diploma was reached on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting, Daily Post reports.
The award of HND will, therefore, be limited to only the students that are currently admitted for the programmes in Polytechnics across the country.
Also, some of the programs currently being run by the polytechnics that are not technology-based will be scrapped.
The new policy also states that polytechnics will now be merged with universities to award National Diploma, ND and Bachelor of Technology, BTech.
Speaking to Journalists after the FEC meeting, the Minister of Education, Prof Adamu Adamu announced that “there will be no more award of HND”.
He said: ”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.”
According to the new policy, the Vice Chancellor of the proximate universities will appoint provost for the polytechnic subject to the ratification of the University’s Councils.
To kick-start the new policy, Nigeria’s two most famous polytechnics, Yaba College of Technology and Kaduna Polytechnic, will from now be called City University of Technology, Yaba and City University of Technology Kaduna, respectively.
To give legal backing to the approval, the FEC approved the submission of two executive bills to the National Assembly for enactment.
However, the Minister of Education said that 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 remuneration or limit to progression in the workplace.