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Senate Begins Public Hearing on BSC, HND Dichotomy

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Bill to scrap Bsc-HND dichotomy set for public hearing

The Senate Committee on tertiary institutions and TETFUND has commenced a two-day public hearing on bills to establish new universities in Nigeria.

Daily Report Nigeria understands that the Committee will also interact with notable stakeholders on the proposed bill to get rid of the discrimination between B.Sc and HND certifications.

In his welcome address on Monday, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita stated the Senate’s committed to the establishment of Universities in Nigeria for the purpose of even and equitable opportunities.

Senator Ahmad noted that the Senate would do all it can through the legislative instruments to make tertiary institutions vibrant and conducive enough for all youths across the country.

He emphasized that education is a catalyst for research and innovation to prepare youths for future challenges, hence, the Senate would not derelict in its leadership in that direction.

He said: “As stakeholders working to improve and build on the working and gains so far made in the education sector, the Senate Committee is therefore reaffirming its commitment of rejuvenating the deplorable infrastructural, teaching and learning conditions in our tertiary institutions for the better.

He disclosed the bills to be heard as; “A bill for an act to abolish and prohibit discrimination between first Degrees and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) sponsored by Senator Ayo Akinyelure representing Ondo Central Senatorial district; Federal University of Agriculture, Kabba, sponsored by Senator Smart Adeyemi, Federal University of Education, Ankpa, sponsored by Senator Jibrin Isah and Steel University, Ajaokuta which was sponsored by Senator Yakubu Oseni.

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