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Senate Passes Law to Erase HND/BSc Dichotomy

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, 2 June, 2021 passed a bill to erase discrimination between holders of Higher National Diploma (HND), and Bachelor of Science (BSc).

The bill passed its third reading after the Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions, Ahmad Kaita, presented its report and about six clauses which was voted on by the senators.

Ahmad Lawan, Senate President, said this had been a lingering issue since 2003. The success of the bill will serve as an encouragement to polytechnic graduates.

Ayo Akinyelure (Senator representing Ondo Central), sponsor of the bill, proposed a resolving of wage disparity, and discrimination against HND holders in most sectors; noting that in some cases, polytechnic graduates have proved to be better.

The bill is also aimed at enhancing Nigeria's technological pursuit, as more qualified persons will pursue polytechnic and Technological studies.

Some senators, however, are of the opinion that, rather than abolishing the HND/BSc dichotomy, polytechnics should be turned into degree-awarding institutions

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