From the report of the national daily newspaper, The Nation, that NBTE Seeks Presidential Approval to End HND/BSC Dichotomy.
“National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has appealed to the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan to assist in facilitating a speedy presidential assent to the passed bill for an Act to abolish and prohibit discrimination between BSC and Higher National Diploma (HND).”
The statement from NBTE Executive Secretary, Prof. Bugaje Idris reads as follow:
“As we hopefully await Presidential assent, the Board wishes to thank you for the implementation of the enhanced entry point for HND holders.
“The outstanding challenge however, is achieving uniformed terminal point for both the First Degree/HND holders, which we pray with the passage of the bill by Senate, you will assist in facilitating assent by Mr. President.
NBTE Seeks Presidential Approval to End HND/BSC Dichotomy
“This move will greatly enhance enrollment rate in Polytechnics and develop skilled manpower for the national economy,” the Bugaje stated.
“In the same vein, the Board is facing serious lack of requisite manpower for the efficient supervision of the 643 TVET institutions under our regulatory purview.”
It would be recalled that the Bill for the abolition of the BSC/ HND Dichotomy was sponsored by distinguish Senator Ayo Akinyelure and was passed into law and awaiting Presidential assent.
Many former Polytechnics institutions have become Universities, especially in UK, examples as follow:
- Anglia Ruskin University, formerly Anglia Polytechnic (located in Cambridge and Chelmsford)
- Birmingham City University, formerly Birmingham Polytechnic
- University of Brighton, formerly Brighton Polytechnic
- Bournemouth University, formerly Bournemouth Polytechnic
- University of Central Lancashire, formerly Lancashire Polytechnic and before that Preston Polytechnic (until 1984)
- City, University of London, formerly Northampton Polytechnic Institute
- Coventry University, formerly Coventry Polytechnic and Lanchester Polytechnic (until 1987)
- De Montfort University Leicester, formerly Leicester Polytechnic
- University of East London, formerly North East London Polytechnic and Polytechnic of East London
- University of Greenwich, formerly Woolwich Polytechnic (until 1970), then Thames Polytechnic
- University of Hertfordshire, formerly Hatfield Polytechnic
- University of Huddersfield, formerly Huddersfield Polytechnic
- Kingston University, formerly Kingston Polytechnic
- Leeds Beckett University, formerly Leeds Polytechnic and as Leeds Metropolitan University from 1998 to 2013
- Lincoln University was formed in part from Humberside Polytechnic which was briefly Humberside University
- Liverpool John Moores University, formerly Liverpool Polytechnic
And many more.