Nigeria: What HND Holders Must Do To Achieve Parity With Bachelor’s Degree - Education Ministry Explains
The Ministry of Education on Friday denied harmonizing the degrees and higher national diploma awarded by universities and polytechnics, saying that HND holders must meet new requirements to attain the Bachelors level.
Mr. Benjamin Goong, who is the spokesperson for the ministry noted that both are still very different from each other.
He denied recent reports that the dichotomy between Bachelors and HNDs had been abolished while stating that the ministry lacked the power to end the inequality.
He said: “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,” he added.
Mr. Goong, however, stressed that the government had taken steps to bridge the gap to ensure that HND holders are treated fairly when seeking for jobs.