The Ministry of Education in its bid to end the rivalry between the Higher National Diploma and Bachelor’s degree holders, in order for both to enjoy same treatment in the society have introduced new procedure to be undertaken by the marginalized HND holders.
According to the Ministry’s spokesperson, recent reports that the dichotomy between Bachelors and HNDs had been abolished are false but quickly added that HND holders must meet new requirements to attain the Bachelors level.
The spokesperson, Benjamin Goong revealed on Friday that’s the Ministry lacked the power to bring an end to the inequality.
He however said the government had taken steps to bridge the gap to ensure HND holders are treated fairly when seeking for jobs.
He said, “Two weeks ago, the ministry sent a memo to the National Council of Establishments (NCE) to institute a bridging program for the HND holders and the proposal was approved.
“The bridging program is for HND holders who can either attend the National Teachers Institute (NTI) or any institution offering post-graduate diploma programs, before they can attain the level graduates can attain in the public sector.
“As per the approved memo, after the bridging program, HND holders will now be offered jobs from grade level 8 and finish at grade level 17 like graduates. Before now, HND holders were only allowed grade level 7 and finish at grade level 14.
“That is as far as it goes for now regarding the B.Sc and HND dichotomy. Both are still very different from each other,” he concluded.