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HND holders must undergo one-year mandatory training

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, announced on Saturday that civil servants holding Higher National Diplomas (HND) will be required to undergo a one-year mandatory training before their conversion from the Executive to Officers cadre. 

She declared during a virtual interactive session with civil servants as part of the 2024 Civil Service Week celebrations. 

The theme for the week is “Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Life-long, Quality and Relevant Learning in Africa.”

According to the statement issued from her office, Yemi-Esan highlighted the ongoing controversy regarding the disparity between polytechnic-awarded Higher National Diplomas and university degrees.

 

It was observed that the issue has sparked debate between the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). 

further gathered that a  bill to address this dichotomy was passed by the Ninth National Assembly in 2021 but was not signed into law by the previous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

As a result, the NBTE introduced a one-year top-up programme designed to provide HND holders with a pathway to attain a bachelor’s degree. 

Addressing a question from a civil servant during the session, Yemi-Esan explained, “The curriculum for HND and B.Sc holders is not the same; therefore, HND graduates must undergo a mandatory one-year training before their conversion from the Executive to Officers’ cadre.”

Dr. Yemi-Esan said “the theme of the 2024 Civil Service Week highlights how the Nigerian Civil Service is leveraging learning and development to enhance the capacity and capability of its workforce to deliver on national priorities.”.

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