The National Universities Commission (NUC) has expressed its readiness to phase out all diploma programmes run at the undergraduate level across universities in the country.
Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, disclosed this in his office in Abuja while receiving the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr Masaudu Kazaure.
The new NUC boss said only polytechnics have the statutory right to run diploma programmes, adding that the Federal Government had earlier issued a circular as far back as 2000, which prohibits the use of ordinary diploma certificate either in the promotion or employment of staff in the civil service.
“We are going to formally put a deadline on it that there should be no diploma again to be run by universities, let us allow those that are statutory allowed to run diploma programmes, the polytechnics, to continue with it,” he said.
While assuring of his determination to strengthen vocational education in the country, Prof. Rasheed said NUC would collaborate with NBTE to develop a blueprint that would give polytechnics the capacity to run degree programmes on their own as obtainable in other developed clime.
Earlier, the NBTE Executive Secretary, Musauda Kazaure, who said the visit was to congratulate the NUC boss and seek areas of cooperation, however dispelled rumours making the round that the Federal Government have converted Federal Polytechnic, Kaduna and Yaba College of Technology to city universities.
Kazaure, who lauded the recent decision of the Council of Civil Service Establishment to remove the dichotomy between university degree and polytechnic’s Higher National Diploma (HND), said the move, which allow HND holders that have Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) to be at par with university graduates in the civil service, was a welcome development.