Federal Government Set to Merge Polytechnics with Universities; Scraps HND

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has reportedly approved the
scrapping of the award of the Higher National Diploma (HND) by
polytechnics in the country. This move is part of the comprehensive
reform of the tertiary education sector by the present administration.
According to Financial Times, the Federal Government has now restricted the award to only
the students currently on admission in various polytechnics.

Minister of Education, Dr. Adamu Adamu disclosed that this move is part
of the comprehensive reform of the tertiary education sector by the
present administration.

This is following the Federal Government’s decision 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 for the polytechnics, subject to the ratification of
the Universities’ Councils.

The minister also added 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.

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