Reps Pass Bill to End B.Sc, HND Dichotomy

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to end the dichotomy between Polytechnic Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree awarded by Nigerian varsities.

The bill is seeking to abolish discrimination between first degree and HND holders in the same profession.

The bill which was co-sponsored by Ali Isa J.C (Gombe: APC) and Edward Pwajok (Plateau: PDP), scaled the third reading at the plenary presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

The bill also seeks to dismantle the challenges faced by the polytechnic graduates, especially those in the civil service.

While leading the debate at the plenary on Tuesday, Pwajok said the discrimination between the two certificates had no moral justification based on his research.

The lawmaker who decried the unfortunate situation said such discrimination existed in critical sector required for national development.

He also lamented the high rate of segregation at the employment level. This, he said, those with first degree are placed on Grade Level 8, while those with HND are placed on Grade Level 6 or 7.

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