Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) management has authorized Masaka School of Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery to start offering degree programmes.
The authorization is contained in letter dated August 14, 2019, by the MUST Secretary, Mr Melehoir Byaruhanga to the principal Masaka School of Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery, Mr Mark Kalanzi.
“We are glad to inform you that your request to be affiliated to Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) was approved by the university council under the minute No. 9.1.8/74/2019,” Mr Byaruhanga’s letter reads in part.
Mr Kalanzi said that they are optimistic that they are going to start admitting students in the next intake expected to start in August next year, saying that the development is going to improve teaching of nursing and midwifery disciplines in Masaka sub region.
He said that a big number of students who complete their diploma courses in midwifery and nursing could not upgrade because Masaka sub region lacks a degree awarding institution in both disciplines.
“Our next step is to lobby government to increase the number of tutors since we are going to admit more students,” he said
Currently, the school has only 13 tutors teaching more than 300 students and only seven are on government payroll.
The current students have greatly welcomed the development, saying the clearance by MUST was a relief to them since many were still contemplating where to go for upgrading after completing their diplomas this December.
Mr Ivan Zanga , the guild president Masaka School of Comprehensive Nursing said the affiliation to MUST is going to help the school’s status grow since it is likely to get more financial support from government and from students that will enroll for degree programmes.
Masaka School of Comprehensive Nursing is a government founded health training institution located in Katwe –Butego, a Masaka Town suburb and adjacent Masaka Regional Referral Hospital. It was established in 1946 to train dressers for X men who were cleaning dressers. In 1966 it started training certificate nurses on enrollment level, but closed due to some unavoidable circumstances .It later reopened to teach certificate in comprehensive nursing. Currently, the school trains diploma in comprehensive nursing both direct and extension, diploma in midwifery and general nursing.