The National Board for Technical Education says the new online top-up programme for Higher National Diploma holders to acquire a Bachelor’s Degree for one year with foreign accredited universities is meant for HND holders who want to pursue an academic career.
The NBTE Head of Media Unit, Hajiya Fatima Abubakar, offered the clarification in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
Hajiyah Abubakar quoted the board’s Chief Executive, Prof. Idris Bugaje, as saying the programme is not for all the HND holders but rather for those who have the ambition to further their career in an academic environment such as teaching and research in the Polytechnics or Universities.
” This top-up is an alternative to Nigerian universities’ Postgraduate Diploma (PGD). In a democracy like ours, HND holders should be allowed to choose between PGD and the top-up to BSc,” he said.
He said the clarification came on the heels of misunderstandings about the programme in the media.
According to him, the top-up is not ending HND programmes in Polytechnics but instead provides choices to HND holders wanting an academic career.
” NBTE has developed the programme to enable interested Polytechnic HND holders to be at par with their counterparts with Bachelor’s degree holders. And make it easy for them to go for their Master’s and Doctorate degrees for those interested in pursuing their career in academics,” he said.