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Abolition Of Bsc/Hnd Dichotomy By The National Assembly

Last week, the national assembly passed a bill abolishing the existing dichotomy between higher national diploma, HND, and Bachelor’s of Science, BSC, degree holders in the country.

The bill seeks to end perceived discrimination against polytechnic graduates and remove the challenges faced by HND holders, especially those in the public service concerning their promotion.

It also seeks to promote Nigeria’s technological advancement by encouraging many qualified candidates to pursue polytechnic and technological studies.

In the words of the senate president Ahmad Lawan the passage of the bill will serve as a motivation to HND holders from polytechnics.

Senator Lawan explained that government employment policy that places degree holders ahead of HND holders without recourse to the skill and ability of the HND holders, does more harm than good to the nation’s development plans.

It is important to know that most industries in the country are hiding under this undue discrimination to utilize and under remunerate Labour from the polytechnic field by employing them more and paying them pittance.

This disparity has led to rancor and enmity among co-workers.

For instance, most banks employ more of HND holders even ND holders to do the work of degree holders, then the question is, if these set of people can do the work of a degree holders properly, why the dichotomy?

The enactment of the bill to abolish and prohibit discrimination between first degrees and higher national diploma for the purpose of employment will no doubt free holders of HND from stagnation and ensure balanced treatment with their counterparts from other higher tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”

With this, abolishment of the existing dichotomy between HND holders and graduates of universities would meet the huge manpower needs of Nigerians, ensure social justice and enhanced corporate governance, as well as encourage patriotic contributions amongst HND employees in both public and private sectors.

It is expected that the bill is expeditiously signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari for action by concerned agencies.

Public and private sectors to ensure the implementation of the bill’s provisions as soon as it is signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 Fawzeeyah Kasheem

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