HNDs will soon become a thing of the past in Nigeria as the Federal Government has moved to scrap the award of the certificates in the country.

The decision was reached at yesterday's (Wednesday, June 7th) Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, where the approval of a comprehensive reform of Nigeria’s tertiary education system was made.

If you're currently a HND student, there's no cause for alarm as the award of HND will still be given. It is however only limited to students currently admitted for the programmes.

In the light of the tertiary education education reforms, the programmes currently being run by polytechnics, which are not technology-based, and which are about 70 per cent, will be scrapped.

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Furthermore,  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.

In other words, Yaba College of Technology, for instance, under the new order could become a proximate campus of the University of Lagos, with appointment of the provost subject to approval by UNILAG's University Council.

With this, 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.

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Paving the way for this new order are Yaba College of Technology and Kaduna Polytechnic, which will henceforth be known as City University of Technology, Yaba and City University of Technology, Kaduna.

To this effect, the FEC approved the submission of two Executive bills to the National Assembly for enactment.

The first bill will strengthen 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.

The Ministry of Justice will do the preparation and submission of the two bills to the National Assembly.

Speaking to journalists after the FEC meeting, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said under the reform, his ministry would, however, continue to license private polytechnics and colleges of education for the award of qualification at ND and National Certificate in Education (NCE) levels.

He further said that “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.''