Published On: Wed, Jun 6th, 2018

Polytechnics will now become campuses  of proximate university 

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 The Federal Executive Council (FEC),  yesterday ,has approved a comprehensive reform of Nigeria’s tertiary education system by scrapping the award of the Higher National Diploma (HND) by the nation’s polytechnics.
However, the award of the HND will only be limited to students currently admitted for the programmes.
In addition, all the programmes currently being run by the polytechnics, which are not technology-based, and which are about 70 per cent, will be scrapped.
In effect to 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 to further education will be awarded the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) by the proximate university.
following 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.

 Report has it that, FEC has  approved the submission of two Executive bills to the National Assembly for enactment of it into law.

According to FEC,the first bill will mostly be on 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.

Mall. Adamu, announced  this after the weekly meeting of the council that under the reform measures, her ministry would, however, continue to licence private polytechnics and colleges of education for the award of qualification at ND and National Certificate in Education (NCE) levels.
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. she added.
Therefore any programme that is not technical will be scrapped out of the polytechnics. It is going to be a rigorous implementation programme.”
According to Adamu: “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.”
The council has approved the Federal Government’s formal take-over of the Waziri Umaru Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, which will be the College of Technology campus of the Othman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, also the Hussein Adamu Polytechnic, Kazaure, Bauchi,  will be  College of Technology of the proximate university in the state.
Also, the Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, Imo State, has been taken over as a campus of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
A state that had never had any federal institution, like Bayelsa, is to have a College of Technology as a campus of the College of Technology of the University of Port Harcourt.

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