The worst certificate any graduate could hold in Nigeria is HND. It is an extremely confusing document in any way you look at it. It brings pains and agonies to most of the holders as soon as they graduate from our polytechnics. Across industrial sectors and civil service units, the holders are completely discriminated against, putting them below their bachelor’s degree counterparts. For years, government has worked on reforms, pushing companies to recognize HND on parity with bachelor’s degree. But that has not happened, and it would never happen in Nigeria. So, it was good news that the federal government has decided to kill HND in Nigeria. That is certainly a good thing. Without an option of HND, our young people would be saved the HND troubles in workplaces.
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.
All state polytechnics should collapse into state universities with non-technical programs in state polytechnics scrapped for HND. There is no need of having this institution of discrimination. Our young people deserve better. I commend the Honourable Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, for his vision on this unlike the one they suggested before.
He has put forward a solid roadmap by scraping HND certificates even when keeping OND certificates. Also, refocusing polytechnics to focus on technical areas is a welcome development. Possibly, with more funding and planning, our polytechnics would become vehicles to deepen our technical (vocational) capabilities which would be critical for building our industries.