THE Jigawa State School of Nursing and Midwifery will soon be upgraded to a degree awarding institution, the Principal, Aisha Mohd Kazaure has disclosed.
The principal who spoke at the inauguration of the permanent site of the college also said that the institution was making effort to liaise with the universities in the country on modalities that would lead to the transmuting the school to a degree awarding institution instead of the award of common certificates.
The school was established to address the human resources need for health of the state, which has been in short supply.
Her words: “We are actually transmitting into a collegial system and during the inauguration ceremony there was an advice from Governor Rotimi Ameachi. He said that we should go beyond liaising with only Nigeria universities, we should liaise with foreign universities and it has already started because the American College of Nursing and Midwifery has opened its door for us to affiliate with them. So anytime from next week, we will start sitting with them in Abuja to see how to conclude plans.”
She also said the institution had maintained a sustained partnership with PATHS2 for the past five years,. adding that the school had enjoyed a lot of technical support from it. .
Kazaure, who indicated that the institution was running on a temporary accreditation also acknowledged that PATHS2 had helped with providing instruments needed to assist the school in getting its final accreditation.
She said: “Some of the things are our teaching aids and then our demonstration equipment like the human dorm, the skeletal system and working instruments. They gave the teachers capacity building during the course of their activities in Jigawa.
“They send us for workshops in several states and several times they supported the ministry to achieve that. They have been responsible for many of these supports. Last month, we had a programme in Dutse on curriculum development, which PATHS2 facilitated.
“Apart from that we had some advocacy visits to the local communities within Jigawa State. We had to go and see the village heads and emirs for them to encourage each parents to let the female children come to the school, because we have a serious need for midwives in the state because they are in short supply.”
She explained further that such advocacy visits were meant for the village heads to support in the awareness campaign.
Kazaure stated that they extended their visits to the Girls Senior Secondary Schools in the state to give carrier talk and guidance, which PATHS2 also supported.
She disclosed that PATHS2 was liaising with the National Midwifery Council of Nigeria in Abuja to ensure they came for accreditation visit so that the school actually got the accreditation for its programme to run smoothly.