Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, has revealed that an HND graduate cannot rise above level 14 in the Civil Service.
Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita said HND graduates can only rise above level 14, if such a person acquires an additional degree for conversion to officer cadre that terminates at Grade Level 17.
She made this known on Thursday while clarifying the partial removal of dichotomy between the Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelor’s of Science (B.Sc) degree by the National Council on Establishment.
She noted that the resolution of the Council was that an HND holder could now enter into public service on Grade Level 08, the same entrance level for a B.Sc holder. Her words:
“This issue of HND/B.Sc dichotomy came up after the last National Council on Establishment and I think a lot of people are still confused about the policy.
What was approved by the Council was that henceforth the HND holder can enter at the same level with B. Sc, which is level 08.
But the issue of where they stop still remains that they will terminate at Grade level 14 unless they are able to acquire additional relevant degree that can now convert them to officer cadre.”