The committee set up by the Federal Government to work on the dichotomy between holders of the Higher National Diploma (HND) and university degree holders has submitted its report.
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 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 the polytechnics with the same one approved for the universities by the National Universities Commission.
This, the report said, is to avoid further dichotomy.
It has been nine months since the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) went on strike, with one of its demand being the dichotomy between university degree and the HND, and to remove the ceiling on career progression on HND holders.
Other demands include improvement in the condition of service and infrastructure in government-owned polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of technology.
Other demands include the release of the White Paper on the NEEDS assessment of polytechnics and review of the Polytechnic Act by the National Assembly, among others.