A bill Titled “A Bill for an Act to Abolish and Prohibit Dichotomy and Discrimination between First Degree and Higher National Diploma in the Same Profession/Field for the Purpose of Employment; and for Related Matters” which seeks a lasting end to the distinguished disparities between the university degrees of Bachelor’s of Arts/Science, BA/BSc and the Higher National Diplomas, HNDs awarded by polytechnics have been passed into law in the House of Representatives.
The federal house of Representatives have passed into law, a bill that ends the dichotomy between university degree certificate((Bsc) and HND, thereby declaring the two certificate equal in all academic and career ramification.
The bill was at the Federal House of Representative Tuesday’s plenary session, read for the third time which is the final stage of the law-making process and would proceed to the next stage which would be the concurrence with the Senate before it will be transmitted to the Presidency for the presidential assent.
Statng the discrimination between BA/ BSC and HND, the bill’s struggle is to have a legislation that equals both certificates. This means that HND Certificate holders can now go for their masters without having to go for PGD.
The bill sort to abolish any limitations imposed on HND holders in furtherance of their career that is not applicable to Bsc holders and proposed a “1-year imprisonment or a fine of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) or both” for anybody or group in any organization that places HND certificate bearer below his/counterpart that has Bsc as a result of their certificates. The bill also suggested that “Any person or entity in the public or private sectors of the Nigerian economy who contravenes the provisions of this bill commits an offence under this bill and shall be liable upon conviction to a term of two years’ imprisonment or a fine of N1,000,000 or both.”
In a related development, the House also passed for second reading, a bill Titled, “A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Business and Technical Examinations Board Act, Cap. N12, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Improve the Scope of the Board, to Undertake Contemporary Business and Technical Examinations in Line with the National Policy on Education, Provide the General Purpose of the Results, Certificate and Awards Issued by the Board; and for Related Matters.” The bill is sponsored by Professor Julius Ihonvbere from Edo State and seeks the amendment of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board Act.
The Bill has scaled second reading and approved for third reading.