AN APPRAISAL OF THE CHALLENGES OF SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION IN KANO STATE POLYTECHNIC
- social work education,
- social work practice,
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The paper focuses on the role of social work education in Kano State Polytechnic. The social work education programme has been in existence in the institution for a long period of time, but the problems of social work education affected the institution in a greater proportion to the extent that the problems upset not only the social work students and the staff, but the entire Polytechnic itself. Therefore, empirical study is essential in order to produce data needed to resolve the problems. The present study aims at assessing the growth, challenges and the implication of social work education as well as proffer solutions to the problems of social work education in the Polytechnic. To ensure a complete analysis of data, the study adopted a qualitative methodology. This involved in-depth interviews with 10 respondents whose responses were coded into themes based on the objectives of the study. The study revealed that the challenges of social work education in the Polytechnic include lack of social work professionals, lack of remuneration, lack of accreditation from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), lack of sufficient research in social work, poor environment, inadequate facilities and infrastructures, lack of funding and lack of awareness of social work from the general public. Moreover, the results of the study also disclose that the government has an important role to play in bringing a lasting solution to the problem. So, the findings of the study require a multi-dimensional approach to address the problem. This includes concerted effort made to collaborate with the NBTE, Nigerian Association of Social Work Educators and Kano State Government in order to address the problems of social work education in the polytechnic.