The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has launched online programs enabling holders of Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) to obtain Bachelor’s Degree certifications in one year.
According to NBTE, the “online Top-Up” programs are with foreign authorized colleges.
Fatima Abubakar, the Board’s Head of Media, said previous attempts to obtain the National Universities Commission (NUC) to authorize a two-year Master of Technology for HND holders in various Polytechnics failed.
“Many times HND Holders are forced to go for a one-year Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) before they could be admitted into the Master’s Programme in Universities,” the statement partly read.
“The disadvantage of the PGD is that holders who continue to do Ph.D. and wish to migrate to a Nigerian University will always be queried to produce their first degree, even when they have Doctorates.
“To end this unwarranted prejudice, NBTE has now created this progression pathway for HND holders.”
Mobilization for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was also mentioned as a task for HND holders by the Board.
“NBTE has now created a HND admission portal for use by all Polytechnics. Only accredited Programmes shall be visible on the portal and NYSC shall have viewing rights to know admitted candidates to be mobilised.
“This will hopefully bring an end to illegal HND admissions of unaccredited Programmes and at the same time ensure carrying capacities are adhered to for quality assurance,” the statement added.
The Board also urged President Bola Tinubu to sign the Bill eliminating the HND-BSc Dichotomy in the Public Service, which was passed by the 9th National Assembly, to stop discrimination against polytechnic graduates.