The federal government of Nigeria has denied insinuations making the round that it had unified the Bachelor’s Degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) awarded by Universities and Polytechnics in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the government on Friday, the spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Benjamin Goong, denied recent reports that the dichotomy between Bachelors and HNDs had been abolished, saying HND holders must meet new requirements to attain the Bachelors level.
Goong averred that the ministry lacked the power to end the inequality but he said the government had taken steps to bridge the gap to ensure HND holders are treated fairly when seeking for jobs.
His words: “Two weeks ago, the ministry sent a memo to the National Council of Establishments (NCE) to institute a bridging program for the HND holders and the proposal was approved.
“The bridging program is for HND holders who can either attend the National Teachers Institute (NTI) or any institution offering post-graduate diploma programs, before they can attain the level graduates can attain in the public sector.
“As per the approved memo, after the bridging program, HND holders will now be offered jobs from grade level 8 and finish at grade level 17 like graduates. Before now, HND holders were only allowed grade level 7 and finish at grade level 14.
“That is as far as it goes for now regarding the B.Sc and HND dichotomy. Both are still very different from each other.”