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NBTE Launches One-Year Online Programmes For HND Conversion To BSc

These "online Top-Up" programs are offered in partnership with internationally accredited universities.
By Johnson Atoukudu

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has introduced online programs for Higher National Diploma (HND) holders, enabling them to earn Bachelor’s Degree qualifications within a year. These “online Top-Up” programs are offered in partnership with internationally accredited universities.

Fatima Abubakar, the Board’s Head of Media, mentioned that previous efforts to gain approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC) for a two-year Master of Technology program for HND holders in certain Polytechnics were unsuccessful.

“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.”

The Board also pointed out that the mobilization process for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) poses a challenge for HND holders.

“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.

Additionally, the Board made an appeal to President Bola Tinubu to endorse the Bill, which has been passed by the 9th National Assembly, aimed at eliminating the HND-BSc Dichotomy in the public service. This step is crucial to put an end to the discrimination faced by graduates of the polytechnic system.

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