The Bill To End HND/B.Sc
Discrimination Passes 2nd
The bill seeking to end the age long dichotomy
between Higher National Diploma (HND) and
university degrees yesterday passed for a second
reading during a plenary session at the House of
Consequently, the bill was referred to the House
Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Services.
The bill which was co-sponsored by the member
representing Balanga Billiri federal constituency
of Gombe State, Hon. Ali Isa J.C. and the
member representing Jos South/Jos East federal
constituency of Plateau State, Hon. Edward
Pwajok, seek to create equal opportunities for
graduates from universities and polytechnics, in
terms of employment and promotions.
According to him, HND holders in the country
over the years have suffered serious
discrimination, which in turn has affected their
He said, for instance, while a First Degree holder
in the country is employed at Grade level 8 and
could get to Grade 17, the HND holder is
employed at Grade level 7 and cannot exceed
Grade Level 14.
“There have been circulars issued by the HoS at
different times, either to direct that both
university graduates and HND holders be treated
equally or otherwise. The policy of government
has been very consistent, but when it becomes a
law, everybody will have to comply,” he said.