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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Nigerian Government scraps HND certificate, makes new rules for polytechnics

Nigerian Government scraps HND certificate, makes new rules for polytechnics

Nigerian Government has scrapped Award of HND Certificates by Polytechnics.
The decision was reached at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday 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 enactment.

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 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.”


  1. Confusion! Confusion! Confusion! Is this the number 1 priority problem bedeviling our dear nation now? How is this going to improve qualitative education? How is this going to abate the hightened insecurity challenges in the nation? How is this going to improve our economy? How eill this action cushion the already polarized nation burdened by religious, tribal and social divides? How...How...How? I think someone somewhere is messed up with misplaced priority of our chiefest needs as a nation. Truly, these people have completely lost touch with the real fate of the ordinary Nigerian citizen crying for the basic human needs of good food, clothing and shelter. I wail for my nation. NIGERIA didn't bargain for this embarrasing quality of leadership. We will end up producing mediocres by this wound dressing approach. You don't improve quality by changing names and nomenclatures of institutions just as you can't change the taste of the soup by merely changing the pot. You need to change the ingredients to change the quality.

  2. You are absolutely right. There are other vital issues to deal with like upgrading of the curriculum.