The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill abolishing the dichotomy between Higher National Diploma, HND, and Bachelors of Science, BSc, degree holders in the country.
The bill for an act to abolish and prohibit dichotomy and discrimination between first degrees and HND in the same profession” was sponsored by sponsored by Ali Isa and Edward Pwajok from Gombe and Plateau states respectively.
The legislation, which had been in the chamber since April 2017, seeks to end perceived discrimination against polytechnic graduates and remove the challenges faced by HND holders, especially those in the public service.
According to Pwajok, there is a lot of segregation at employment level as those with first degree are placed on grade level 8, while those with HND are placed on grade level 6 or 7. Expressing his displeasure that some organisations pay degree holders N100,000 at entry level, while their counterparts with HND get N70,000, Pwajok said the discrimination has no moral justification.