The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi has stated that the Degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) dichotomy has not helped in addressing the unemployment level in the country.
According to him, the discrimination between graduands of universities and polytechnics is unnecessary adding that emphasis should be placed on performance and skills and not certificate.
The Rector made this appeal during the pre-convocation press briefing to mark the activities of the 14th Convocation ceremony in Bida on Tuesday.
He said that graduates from polytechnic are those who move the economy forward as they surpass the university graduates in performance and skills.
“The dichotomy between graduates from the universities and polytechnics is unnecessary. I am sure that this would soon dawn on us in Nigeria especially with the high unemployment level we have in this country.
“The issue we are talking about is not about cramming but the ability to perform what have been taught.”
Dzukogi appealed to government and all employers of labor to remove the difference and test every applicant according to the course they read, “I appeal to government and all employers of labor to do something about this dichotomy. There should be no difference between institutions; everyone should be given a fair playing ground.”
The Rector further said that the polytechnic will be convocating 24, 279 graduands made up of 16, 362 National Diploma and 7,917 Higher National Diploma adding that the institution had not held convocation for eight years due to lack of funds.
He added N7 million have been expended for the procurement of non-personalized certificates from the Nigeria Minting and Printing Company to enable all certificates to be prepared for collection after the convocation.
Dzukogi then expressed his determination to do operate within extant laws, instill discipline among staff and students and do things in line with international best practices.
Source: The nation