HND SCRAPPED OUT BY NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT
THE FEC (Federal Executive Council) yesterday had approved a comprehensive change of Nigeria’s tertiary education system, scrapping the award of the Higher National Diploma (HND) given by the nation’s polytechnics.
To start off the new policy, the nation’s two most prominent polytechnics
She 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.”
Mall. 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 bythese 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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