National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) says holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) will now have the opportunity to teach in polytechnics and monotechnics.
NBTE executive secretary Idris Bugaje, who disclosed this on Monday, says HND holders will soon be employed as assistant lecturers in the above-mentioned institution.
Only degree holders are currently employed in polytechnics as assistant lecturers.
Bugaje said it was unfair 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.”
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.