Discrimination Between HND and B.sc
The fight for the recognition of the Higher National Diploma (HND) has been on for
over 30 years. If the government rolls up its sleeves to solve the problem now, it
is a welcome idea. Many had suffered the societal frustration for years.
The former president, Chief Olusegun Obansanjo was not recognized professionally
before he became Head of State in 1976 because of non-possession of a degree. A
close friend of mine had to abandon the home front to pursue a degree after 12 years
with an HND.
The degree does not, of course, make him any better; it was rather a waste of time.
Many courses offered at the polytechnics in my own time were far relevant than those
offered at the degree level now. Regrettably, also, many have to abandon their
professions; some have to go into politics due to bad policy on education. I advise
the media houses to advance a little more by interviewing older HND holders to see
the level at which the bad education policy had affected the society.
Many do not want to send their children to the polytechnics due to the disparity
with degree qualifications. I strongly agree that there should be lower, middle and
upper-level manpower. But they should be tailored in such a way that one can cross
from one level to the other. The major thing affecting our technological growth is
our bad policy.
Let us please encourage the government to solve the problem permanently as it solved
the monopoly of WAEC and the old and new universities.