House of Reps pass bill ending HND-B.Sc dichotomy

The House of Representatives passed a law that abolished the dichotomy between the National Polytechnic Diploma and the Bachelor of Science degree awarded by
 Nigerian universities.
The bill was approved during the plenary on Tuesday.

The legislation, sponsored by Ali Isa and Edward Pwajok of Gombe and Plateau States, respectively, was passed for second reading since April 2017.
It aims to end perceived discrimination against polytechnic graduates and eliminate the challenges faced by HND holders, especially those in the public service.

While leading the debate to get the bill passed at second reading, Pwajok said the research on both certificates showed that the discrimination had no moral
 justification.

He said the unfortunate situation would make the international community belittle the status of educational institutions in the country.
The legislator said that it was regrettable that such discrimination existed in a critical sector necessary for national development, lamenting that there was a
 lot of segregation in the level of employment.

According to him, those with first degree are placed on Level 8, while those with HND are placed on Level 6 or 7.
He said that in some organizations, grade holders were paid N 100,000 at the entry level, while their counterparts with HND were paid N 70,000.

The legislator said in other countries that technical experts received higher salaries than managers, adding that "the reverse is the case in the country."
He said that if the private sector should develop, appropriate recognition should be given to polytechnics and similar institutions in the country.
Additional reporting by the Nigeria News Agency

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