ASUP Strike: HND/BSC dichotomy committee submits report

The committee set up by the Federal Government to review the dichotomy between holders of the Higher National Diploma, HND, and university degree holders, submitted its report on Friday.
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has been on strike for nine months. One of its demands is the removal of the dichotomy between HND holders and university degree holders and to remove the ceiling on career progression of HND holders.
The committee inaugurated in May, 2014 was tasked with reviewing the content and curriculum of the HND programmes to be equivalent to the Bachelor of Technology, B.Tech; and introduce a bridging programme that will pave way for HND holders to reach the highest grade level in the public service.
Some of the recommendations of the committee include the need to maintain standards by not creating two different B.Tech degrees, but to synchronise the B.Tech curriculum proposed by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, for polytechnics with the one approved for the universities by the National Universities Commission, NUC.
This, the report said, is to avoid further dichotomy.
The report will now be reviewed by the presidency and the education ministry.

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