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Kwale’s Pioneer Teacher Training College ready to open

Construction works of Kwale’s pioneer Teacher Training College (TCC) is in full swing and continues to take shape at unmatched speed ahead of its commissioning in June.

The inaugural college built in Kinango Sub County which will be the second public TCC in the coastal region after Mombasa’s Shanzu TCC, is set to start intake of trainees and provide training before the end of the year.

The other TTC in Bura area of Taita Taveta County is owned by the Catholic Church.

Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya who was on an inspection tour of the project said the Ministry of Education has already posted a principal to the Sh 300 million college ahead of its official opening and first intake by June.

Mvurya said the county has received Sh 150 million from President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Ministry of Education to hasten the second phase of the construction works of the college as well as its registration.

The Governor said the new college will have its classes when learning resumes in colleges and universities across the country after the Covid-19 pandemic eases.

“We look forward to opening the doors of Kwale Teachers Training College this year as there is not much work left to be done before classes start in the coming months,” he said.

The Kwale County leadership led by Governor Salim Mvurya (dressed in flowing garb) during an inspection tour of the upcoming Kwale Teachers Training College. Photo by Hussein Abdullahi

He said, “We are moving fast to ensure we meet the intended objective. The tuition block is ready. The administration block, male and female hostels and twin staff houses are nearing completion”.

Mvurya who termed the construction of the college ‘historic and a legacy project’ also said the board of management for Kwale’s first ever TCC was inaugurated last year under the chairmanship of veteran educationist Hamisi Mwasiwa.

The Ministry of Education has posted Helen Machuka as the college principal to make it officially up and running ahead of its commissioning.

He said, “It’s very exciting for my administration to start from scratch and create a new college so that high school leavers from Kwale and all over Kenya can come and fulfill their dreams of getting an education.”

The county boss said the college will be used to train Diploma in Teaching Education students as well as those taking Early Childhood Development in Education (ECDE) courses in line with the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

P1 training was suspended last year by the Ministry of Education to pave way for the intake of Diploma students.

Mvurya asked secondary school leavers with a passion in teaching to apply for admission in the new diploma teachers training institute when it opens its doors to further their educational careers.

By Hussein Abdullahi

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