As part of the comprehensive reform of the tertiary education sector being done by the present administration, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has reportedly approved the scrapping of the award of the Higher National Diploma (HND) by polytechnics in Nigeria.
According to a report presently circulating the social media, which was first reported by Financial Times, the FG has now restricted the award to only the students currently on admission in various polytechnics.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Adamu Adamu disclosed that the FG has decided to scrap programmes currently being run by the polytechnics, which are not technology-based.
Adamu disclosed that polytechnics will now become campuses of the proximate universities with the Vice Chancellors of those universities appointing provosts, which will be subject to the ratification of the Universities’ Councils.
The Minister explained that this new arrangement will mean that polytechnics will only award the National Diploma (ND), while students interested in furthering their education will be awarded the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) by the proximate university.
He stated that the two top polytechnics, Yaba College of Technology and Kaduna Polytechnic will now be named City University of Technology, Yaba and City University of Technology, Kaduna respectively.
The FEC, to confirm this decision, has approved the submission of the two Executive bills to the National Assembly for enactment into law.
The Federal Government have recently cancelled the second test, otherwise known as National Common Entrance Examination (NCCE) conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO) for admission into Federal Government Colleges.
Minister of Education, announcing the cancellation stated that the second test was an unnecessary additional financial burden on parents/guardians, thus, describing it as unacceptable.