Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) – Great
relief for admission seekers as JAMB has revealed that the
discrimination in degrees in the country will soon come to
an end when HND is transformed into Bachelor Of
Technology.
The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation
Board, (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde has said President
Muhammadu Buhari is willing to implement the waiver that
will end the B.Sc and HND segregation.
Buhari had received the updated report on the B.Sc and
HND controversy, which was presented by the Permanent
Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, MacJohn
Nwaobiala last Tuesday.
Ojerinde, who spoke with reporters on Wednesday, recalled
that the last administration set up a committee to look at
how the two could be merged.
He said, “The system has not given adequate vision for the
other levels of education. We have not encouraged technical
education, we have not encouraged Teachers education
also; in fact, we have not encouraged agricultural education
to the extent that everybody feels that the only way to
survive is to go to the University.
“The only way to make it is to have a degree; so I am saying
we should revisit our system, we should look at why
candidates don’t want to go to polytechnics, and we should
look at why they don’t want teachers’ education; we should
also revisit why they don’t want agriculture.
“By our experience, most people will like to study law,
engineering, medicine, accountancy, these are the top
courses being sought for in the universities; nobody wants to
study education. So, I see we have problems in that area
and I am sure the Federal Ministry of Education is trying to
solve that problem.
“First of all Technical Education, there’s dichotomy between
Bachelors degree and National Diploma or Higher National
Diploma, (HND). It was one of the things presented to Mr.
President to find a way of implementing the waiver of the
dichotomy between HND and the B.Sc degree. The so called
HND should now be changed to B.tech which means
Bachelor of Technology.
“Former President Musa Yar’Adua may his soul rest in
peace, said he doesn’t have any problem with B.tech.
Unfortunately, government also has not sorted this entire
problem. And there are such cases of people like me in this
country, I wouldn’t have been able to read, I wouldn’t have
been able to go to school. So what I am saying is,
government should look at how we can improve technical
education.
“Four colleges of Education have been upgraded to
universities of Education, you will see the rush into those
universities now because they can now get bachelor’s
degree. And when they come to the public, they will not be a
push away. So this is where we are, I think if I go by what we
saw on Wednesday, President Buhari and the Vice President
listened and they were interested in what we presented”.