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Aderinola Bunmi
Science Laboratory Technology
Aspirant, Nigeria.

The National Association of Polytechnic Students has called on the Federal Government to review the dichotomy between the Higher National Diploma and the Bachelor’s Degree.

The association, in a meeting with journalists held in Abuja recently, also lamented that polytechnic graduates in the country were being marginalised in the civil service. As a result, it urged the government to direct the Federal Civil Service and the National Council of Establishment to find a solution to the problem.

In his address, the National Vice-President of NAPS, Damola Olugbode, said the discrimination against holders of the HND had cost many polytechnic graduates the opportunity to be gainfully employed.

Calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the aid of polytechnic graduates by helping to facilitate their acceptance in the Federal Civil Service, he said, “We bring to the notice of Nigerians the contributions made by HND holders to the growth of science and technology in the country. In spite of this, we have been grossly marginalised. We have been sidelined by the Federal Government, especially by the various ministries of education and interior. Why is there double standard in this country?

“The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has at various times protested against the treatment of polytechnic graduates in the labour market, yet nothing has been done about it. Polytechnic education is now being regarded as vocational studies, as witnessed by several professional bodies that have refused to recognise holders of the Higher National Diploma, yet they accredit the same courses of study at the polytechnics.

“We remind the Head of Service and the National Council on Establishment that at the 39th session of the council dated July 18 to 22, 2016, it was noted that the HND/B.Sc. dichotomy should be abolished. The HoS has not forwarded the same to the Federal Executive Council for ratification and full implementation for all government agencies.

“The NAPS leadership strongly implores President Muhammadu Buhari not to leave our future in the hands of the NCE, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ministers, heads of parastatals and the rest. He should step into the matter and put things straight as the executive president. We cannot afford to graduate only to see the injustice melted upon #HND graduates in the labour market.”

The briefing was jointly held with a group, the Coalition of Concerned HND Holders.

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