Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has reiterated the resolve of the present administration to end the dichotomy between the Higher National Diploma, HND and the Bachelor of Science Degree, B.Sc. holders.
The minister said President Muhammadu Buhari was doing everything possible to end the vexed dichotomy, stressing that it makes little to place one above the other.
Speaking as the visitor to the 32nd combined convocation and diamond jubilee celebrations of Kaduna Polytechnic, on Saturday, the minister said “the present administration is aware of the dichotomy between Higher National Diploma, HND and the Bachelor of Science Degree, B.Sc. holders and has taken all necessary steps toward bringing an end to the issue.”
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that the dichotomy is mostly applied in the civil service where holders of polytechnic degrees are placed on the lower rung of the ladder and do not go beyond the level 14 in the service, irrespective of competence and performance.
Before now, previous administrations had promised to end the dichotomy but none had the gut to implement it.
Also, he appealed to the polytechnic unions to be patient with the present government as efforts are being made to address all their demands within available resources.
While appreciating the government and good people of Kaduna State for their immense contribution to the growth and development of education in Nigeria, he noted that good education is a veritable tool for the growth and development of any nation.
Represented by the Executive Secretary National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, Dr. Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure, the Minister charged the management of Kaduna Polytechnic to build on their achievements to ensure that the institution maintains her pride of place in the hallmark of fame for outstanding institutions in the country.
He challenged the alumni of the polytechnic to contribute to the speedy attainment of the technological development of the country by initiating meaningful projects on campus as a way of fast tracking the growth and development of their alma-mater.
In his address, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai corroborated the minister’s position and reiterated that “no meaningful development can be achieved without a sound education.”
On his part, the Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Mohammed Bello Ibrahim informed that the polytechnic was convocating 10 sets of 67,403 graduands from 2004 academic year to 2014/2015 academic year.
Highlight of the convocation was the Fellowship awards to selected personalities and to graduands who emerged overall best during the sessions under consideration.