Sunday, May 19, 2024

Abolish Colonial Legacy of HND/BSc Dichotomy – NAPS

The National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the bill seeking the removal of the dichotomy between HNHNDD and BSc holders in the country before leaving office on May 29th.

The students threatened to shut down all polytechnics, colleges of technology, and allied institutions that award HNDs across Nigeria if Buhari doesn’t assent to the bill in the next 14 days.

The NAPS Deputy Senate President, Adeniji Temitope, in a statement, said Nigerian polytechnic students and alumni have been suffering challenges as a result of the dichotomy.

The student body alleged that although Buhari had been signing numerous measures, the HND/BSc dichotomy bill had not been included.

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Temitope said that Polytechnic students and graduates are one of the major groups that supported and sustained the regime of the president,

She urged THE President to pass the bill to stop the HND/BSc dichotomy and make it one of his major achievements.

This is coming two weeks after the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) also urged President to assent to the bill.

The National President of NATE, Dominic Udoatan, during a briefing in Abuja, said passing the bill into law will not cause any damage.

He said efforts to abolish the HND and BSc dichotomy in Nigeria have always been thwarted by enemies of technological advancement in Nigeria, who want the country to go down at all costs.

He added that these self-centered persons with ill motives stay at a corner and constantly devise means of frustrating polytechnic education, technological breakthrough/development, and the technologists in our dear country.

While expressing the frustration felt by HND holders, the president said they see no need for the dichotomy, so it should be removed because there is no work progression.

According to NATE, the present situation has made many parents unwilling to allow their children to seek admission into polytechnics because of the stigma of inferiority that polytechnic graduates are second-class citizens.

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