NTBE Online Top-up Programme for HND Holders to Upgrade to BSc. The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) introduced an online top-up programme, allowing HND holders to convert their qualification to a Bachelor’s Degree within a year, partnering with foreign accredited universities.
This move aims to address the discrimination faced by HND holders in Nigeria. NBTE has also launched a portal to ensure NYSC mobilisation for polytechnic graduates and appealed to end the HND-BSc public service dichotomy.
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NTBE Online Top-up Programme for HND Holders to Upgrade to BSc.
In a groundbreaking move, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has rolled out an online top-up programme.
This scheme is tailored to allow Higher National Diploma (HND) holders to elevate their certifications to a Bachelor’s Degree level.
This conversion can be achieved in just one year of partnering with esteemed foreign accredited universities.
During a press event in Abuja on Monday, the Head of the Media Unit of the NBTE, Mrs Fatima Abubakar, communicated the launch of this programme to journalists. She elucidated that this strategic move aims to aid the smooth academic progression of HND holders to advanced degrees.
“Previous endeavours of persuading the National Universities Commission to give the green light for a two-year Master of Technology for HND holders in some of our polytechnics, unfortunately, did not materialise,” Abubakar remarked. She highlighted the ordeal many HND holders often confront – the necessity to undertake a one-year Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) before securing a position in the Master’s Programme at the university.
The PGD, however, is not without its shortcomings. Those PGD holders who aspire to pursue PhD studies and later wish to transition to a Nigerian University are often met with a demand for their initial degree, even if they possess doctorate credentials.
Abubakar said, “To redress this unfounded bias, NBTE has inaugurated this advanced pathway for HND holders.” For interested individuals, detailed information and access are available on NBTE’s dedicated website – https://topup.nbte.gov.ng/.
Further shedding light on another hurdle for polytechnic HND graduates, Mrs Abubakar referenced their enlistment for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). A significant number enrol in non-accredited programmes. After completing their HND, they find themselves side-lined from the NYSC enlistment.
In response, she announced, “NBTE has pioneered a dedicated HND admission portal that all polytechnics can utilise. This portal will exclusively showcase accredited programmes. Furthermore, the NYSC will be granted oversight to identify admitted candidates fit for mobilisation.”
This initiative is hoped to terminate illegal HND admissions into unverified programmes. Additionally, it seeks to ensure compliance with set capacities, thereby championing quality assurance.
Mrs Abubakar also made an emotional appeal on behalf of the board. “We humbly request Mr President to endorse the bill which aims to dissolve the distinction between HND and BSc qualifications in public service. This bill, approved by the previous National Assembly, is poised to abolish the unwarranted disparity among polytechnic graduates.”
She emphasised the urgency of this matter, stating that the lack of legal support compelled the board to seek innovative methods to uplift the stature of HND holders. Abubakar passionately concluded, “It is imperative to recognise that HND holders are instrumental to Nigeria’s industrial growth. They possess the crucial skills for realising the nation’s infrastructural dreams.”