The House of Representatives has passed a bill which abolished the existing dichotomy between Polytechnic Higher National Diploma and the Bachelor of Science degree awarded by Nigerian universities.
The bill, sponsored by Ali Isa and Edward Pwajok was passed during today’s plenary.
It seeks to end perceived discrimination against polytechnic graduates and remove the challenges being faced by HND holders, especially those in the public service.
While leading the debate for the bill to pass second reading, Mr. Pwajok said research showed that discrimination has no moral justification.
He said the unfortunate situation would make the international community to look down on the status of educational institutions in the country.
The lawmaker said in other countries, technical experts are paid higher than administrators, adding that the reverse is the case in the country.
Mr. Pwajok said if the private sector must develop, proper recognition must be given to polytechnics and similar institutions in the country.