Thursday, June 30, 2022
More

    Latest Posts

    Ukonwa Ojo exits Amazon Prime Video’s Chief Marketing Officer role

    Nigerian born marketing expert Ukonwa Ojo is bidding farewell to Amazon Prime Video after two years. Variety reports that Ojo’s exit from the Chief Marketing...

    FG engages lawyers for Ekweremadu

    Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has disclosed that the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom has engaged the services of lawyers to defend the...

    Regina Daniels and hubby welcome 2nd child

    Nollywood actress Regina Daniels and her husband, Ned Nwoko have welcomed their second child together. The movie star's husband took to his Instagram page where...

    Senate begins ministerial nominees’ screening

    The Senate has begun the screening of the seven ministerial nominees approved by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) last week. The nominees are...

    Senate, Alumni decry discrimination against poly graduates

    Senate President Ahmad Lawan and other stakeholders in the education and labour sector, on Monday, described as undesirable the discrimination against graduates of polytechnics in the country.

    Lawan and the stakeholders spoke during the opening session of a two-day public hearing on a “Bill for an Act to abolish and prohibit discrimination between first degrees and Higher National Diplomas for the purpose of Employment in Nigeria and other matters connected therewith.”

    The public hearing was organized by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, chaired by Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita.

    Stakeholders in the technological education including the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, National Board for Technical Education, Forum of Nigeria Polytechnic Alumni Associations, National Association of Academic Technologists, Committee of Federal Polytechnic Rectors, among others, called on the Federal Government to end the dichotomy between B.Sc and HND graduates in the country.

    Lawan, represented by Senator Olalekan Mustapha, said, “The public hearing is timely especially towards addressing the existing discrimination between B.Sc and HND.”

    He said, “This dichotomy has really affected a significant number of people in a way considered undesirable hence the agitation for amendment of the existing laws to calibrate the standard to attain balance for solidarity, equity and fair play devoid of discrimination of graduates be it University or Polytechnic.”

    The National Chairman of polytechnics alumni association, Obialor Ibebuike in his memoranda which was also signed by the National Secretary of the association, Goke Ishola, and other stakeholders supported the Bill.

    The polytechnic alumni said, “China recently converted 600 universities to well-funded research-based Polytechnics to further boost their industrial and economic growth.

    “The same strategy had earlier been adopted by South Korea. This we believe, is the way to go in the country if we are really serious in catching up with the developed world.”

    The association added that “Another sore point is the protracted issue of a commission to superintend and supervise Polytechnic education in Nigeria.

    “If the Universities and Colleges of Education have their own commissions, why not the Polytechnics?

    “The Senate should use this opportunity to create the National Polytechnics Commission without further delay.”

    The alumni association lamented serious discrimination in workplaces despite the fact that the admission process for both the university and polytechnics and universities are the same.

    The National Coordinator of HND stakeholders, Sebastien Onyemaobi, in a 34 – page memorandum submitted to the committee said the dichotomy which started in 1955 during the colonial regime must stop.

    Meanwhile, the representative of the Head of Service, Dr Emmanuel Meribole who serves as Permanent Secretary, Service, Policies and Strategies in the office of Head of Service of the Federation, said there would be a need for a review of the curriculum of Universities and Polytechnics before the dichotomy could be abolished.

    He said while dichotomy at entry-level into public service between University and Polytechnics graduates has been removed, that of progression of level 14 upward is still there, as a polytechnic graduate will have to acquire a postgraduate diploma or Masters degree before advancing further from level 14.

    The Chairman of the committee said all the views and submissions made by the various stakeholders will guide the Committee in its final report.

    Latest Posts

    Ukonwa Ojo exits Amazon Prime Video’s Chief Marketing Officer role

    Nigerian born marketing expert Ukonwa Ojo is bidding farewell to Amazon Prime Video after two years. Variety reports that Ojo’s exit from the Chief Marketing...

    FG engages lawyers for Ekweremadu

    Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has disclosed that the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom has engaged the services of lawyers to defend the...

    Regina Daniels and hubby welcome 2nd child

    Nollywood actress Regina Daniels and her husband, Ned Nwoko have welcomed their second child together. The movie star's husband took to his Instagram page where...

    Senate begins ministerial nominees’ screening

    The Senate has begun the screening of the seven ministerial nominees approved by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) last week. The nominees are...

    Don't Miss

    Senate gets new Minority Leader, Chief Whip

    The Senate on Tuesday named the lawmaker representing the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Philip Aduda, as the new Minority Leader of the Senate to...

    Gang beating: Report yourself, Ogun police order singer Portable

    The Ogun State Police Command, on Monday, ordered popular hip-hop musician, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, to report himself at the nearest police...

    Presidential poll: Interim running mates risky, ex-INEC chiefs warn APC, LP

    Former Independent National Electoral Commission directors and Senior Advocates of Nigeria have warned that political parties may face crises over their nomination of placeholders...

    Buhari nominates new ministers, sends list to Senate

    The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has nominated seven persons for screening and confirmation by the Senate for appointment as Ministers. Senate President Ahmad...

    “I have too many F**king hits” Tiwa Savage says on stage

    In the sold out show, the excited audience were demanding for more and Tiwa Savage light heartedly responded that there's a lot more hit...

    Stay in touch

    To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.