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Reps passes Bill Making B.Sc and HND Equal Qualification

The House of Representatives have passed a bill eliminating the dichotomy between B.Sc and HND qualifications. The bill was passed during Tuesday’s plenary.

The legislation sponsored by Ali Isa and Edward Pwajok from Gombe and Plateau States respectively was passed for second reading since April, 2017. The bill seeks to end the perceived dichotomy between the two qualifications and discrimination against the polytechnic students.: a challenge faced by many in the civil service.

While leading the debate for the bill to pass second reading, Pwajok said research he carried out on both certificates, showed that the discrimination had no moral justification.

He said that the unfortunate situation would make the international community to look down on the status of educational institutions in the country.

The lawmaker said that it was unfortunate that such discrimination existed in a critical sector required for national development, regretting that there was a lot of segregation at employment level.

According to him, those with first degree are placed on Grade Level 8, while those with HND are placed on Grade Level 6 or 7.

The lawmaker said in other countries, technical experts were paid higher than administrators, adding that “the reverse is the case in the country’’.

He said that if the private sector must develop, proper recognition must be given to polytechnics and similar institutions in the country.

Source: the punch

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