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AGENCY REPORT

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) says holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) will soon be employed as assistant lecturers in polytechnics and monotechnics.

This was disclosed on Monday by NBTE executive secretary Idris Bugaje.

Only degree holders are currently employed in polytechnics as assistant lecturers.

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Mr Bugaje lamented that HND holders were relegated as technicians and technologists in laboratories and workshops in the polytechnic sector, which he described as “gross injustice.”

“Why should somebody from the university system come and midwife over a different system and become lords over them? The highest product in the polytechnics is the HND,” stated the NBTE boss. “As such, the best of these graduates should be employed as assistant lecturers and grow within the systems to have their master’s degree.”

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He added, “They can rise through the ranks to become chief lecturers and eventually become Rectors of their respective institutions.”

The NBTE boss added that the scenario would change with the new Scheme of Service for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector.

He explained that the scheme of service was awaiting approval by the head of service by the end of 2022 or early 2023.

(NAN)

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