- The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has provided a new update about its newly-introduced one-year top-up programme for Higher National Diploma (HND) holders who wish to convert to Bachelor’s Degree
- The Board said the conversion is not for all HND certificate holders, but only for those who want to pursue an academic career
- Legit.ng on Monday, August 14, reported that the NBTE brought succour to graduates of Higher National Diploma (HND) who want to convert their certificates to Bachelor’s Degrees
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FCT, Abuja - The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has said the new online top-up programme for Higher National Diploma (HND) holders to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree (BSc) is meant for HND holders who want to pursue an academic career.
Mrs. Fatima Abubakar, the NBTE head of the media unit, offered the clarification in a press release on Tuesday, August 29, The Punch reported.
FG sheds light on HND top-up programme
Abubakar quoted the board’s Chief Executive, Professor Idris Bugaje, as saying the programme is not for all the HND holders.
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Only those who have the ambition to further their career in an academic environment such as teaching and research in the Polytechnics or Universities are encouraged to apply, a Vanguard newspaper report noted.
”This top-up is an alternative to the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) offered by Nigerian Universities.
”In a democracy such as ours, HND holders should be allowed to make a choice between PGD and the top-up to BSc."
He said the clarification came on the heels of misunderstandings about the programme in a section of the media.
Portal to change HND to BSc
In a piece of related news, Legit.ng reported that the NBTE launched a portal for the conversion of HND to a degree.
According to the NBTE, those who wish to convert their HND to a degree would have to do a top-up study for one year.
Steps for HND holders to do conversion
Legit.ng also reported that the NBTE formally unveiled an online top-up programme for HND holders to convert their certification to BSc.
One of the requirements is that interested persons must own an HND certificate in one of the recognised and approved polytechnics and monotechnics.