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Replace HND With Bachelors Of Technology, ASUP Tells FG

The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, has urged the Federal Government to empower polytechnics to award ‘Bachelor of Technology’ to end the Bachelor of Science and Higher National Diploma dichotomy.

During the transition ceremony of  Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences and Technology, into Kaduna State University, ASUP, Makarfi chapter presented an award to Ezeibe. He appealed to the federal Government to bring an end to the HND Certificate.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Shehu Idris College was merged with KASU to be awarding degrees by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

He said the measure, if adopted, would also ensure full utilisation of a huge number of technical equipment in workshops, laboratories and other facilities in public polytechnics that remained underutilised due to lean students population.

The president said that with the transition, Shehu Idris College was  no longer a member of ASUP, but now a member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

“ASUP is currently advocating the award of Bachelor of Technology by Nigerian polytechnics system. HND is no longer as attractive as it used to be to Nigerian youths because of the age-long dichotomy.

“Policy makers have made it a rule that once an individual has an HND, he cannot attain the peak of his/her career, then why are they continuing to force it on people, why don’t they phase it out and replace it with Bachelors of Technology?” he queried.

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