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Good News For Polytechnic Graduates As House Of Reps Passes Bill To Abolish Hnd/bsc Discrimination

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Osorhor Ogenevwegba Michael
Delta state polytechnic otefe oghara ( DESPO )
Graduate, Nigeria.
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Fresh reports from news outfit THE CABLE have it that the house of representatives has just passed a bill abolishing the existing dichotomy between holders of the higher national diploma (HND) and bachelor’s of science (BSc) degree 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 passed on Tuesday during plenary.

Ali Isa and Edward Pwajok who are from Gombe and Plateau states respectively, were the ones who passed the legislation. Surprisingly, the bill had been passed for second reading more than two years ago since April 2017.

The bill is seeking to put an end to the perceived discrimination against polytechnic graduates in the country while removing the challenges which is faced by HND holders, especially those in the public service.

This report is sure to put a lot of smile on the faces of many Nigerians who have at one point or another, faced a very difficult time due to the fact that they possessed the Higher National Diploma certificate and the not a Bachelor’s degree.

See the experiences and opinion of a Nigerian polytechnic graduate who has faced this discrimination firsthand. Read his article and story as posted on Nairaland below.

Nigerians are discriminating against themselves in every sector. There is no united vision at all. There is this feeling of someone, something inferior rather than doing something positive to improve all sectors concerned. If a problem arises, we should analyse the problems objectively. What brought about this problem or discrimination? What is the best way to remove the cause in the interest of the nation.

Could there be a way of delimiting or correcting the inefficiency in the system or to bring it up to the expected level?

I am a Polytechnic graduate and I have had about 45% taste of the university, I have the belief that university is superior to polytechnics when we consider the levels of certificates that could be awarded e.g Msc, PHD. The polytechnics could only award HND as the maximum. It is not contestable that the higher degrees are beyond what polytechnics could award as at now, however improvements could bring about this in the future. The major issue is BSC VS HND. I don’t consider this to be a problem at all. They both offer Nigerians the opportunity for manpower development. Employers are free to employ whoever they prefer.

Why deceiving ourselves, both university and polytechnic graduates are Nigerians. No Nigerian should be prevented from reaching his/her full potential in academics. If a polytechnic graduate has the feeling of going for a degree course, let there be a fair entry point to continue without discrimination. Both of them are Nigerian institutions in which huge amount of money is being spent by the government yearly to maintain and improve.
Why running down ourselves and our institutions. Policy formulation comes into play here in that harmonization of courses to acceptable standards could be implemented and this will create fair and smooth transition/entry levels from any college or polytechnic to university. Even with better policy some polytechnics may be able to award degrees if they satisfy the required National standard.

We don’t behave as if we are one at all. Whatever affects another person invariably should be taken seriously by the other. We are all selfish to the detriment of our national goals.

I as a person, want the integrity of our BSC degee to be retained , also HND should not be treated in isolation but be encouraged as the qualification of significant respect in Nigeria which the holder should be proud of, with open opportunities to take up gainful employment or proceed for a degree or Msc courses.
This should be the objective of our education policy in Nigeria today.

In UK you don’t have to spend 4 years in the university to earn a degree. Most of the courses in polytechnics, colleges and vocational training and Diplomas count towards your obtaining a degree.

For instance, HND is a 2 year course which counts towards your obtaining a year 2 level for a degree in the said course. After your HND, you only need to study for a year[ level 3 degree courses] to obtain a degree. Sometimes there are subject for subject exceptions.

Also, a level 5 diploma in health and social course which you can obtain without going to a college or university but on the job assessment and training counts towards your degree. Hence for someone who has not attended the conventional schools but satisfies the national requirements could bag a degree after about a year of study in a university.

ACCA, CIB, CIMA members have specific one year courses tailored for their need which when such holder studies, he or she will be awarded a Msc
CONCLUSION: HND holders are Nigerians and the policy should address their concerns and needs among others. There is no point to compare HND to Degre or vice versa, they should be mutually inclusive. They should complement each other for the benefit of Nigeria.

For Bsc holders I say congratulations. For HND holders who feel confident enough I say congratulations. For the HND holders who are facing discrimination, I will say well done, you should realize you are a part of Nigeria and please don’t forget neglect, mismanagement, discrimination, lack of national goal/vision, everyone for himself etc are common place in Nigeria today. Please brace up yourselves and look for available opportunities without letting yourselves down to any close system.. A NATION THAT IS DIVIDED AGAINST HERSELF

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