Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha today visited Kwale county’s first teacher training college under construction.
Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and his deputy Fatuma Achani conducted the CS on the tour of the facility in Puma ward Kinango sub-county.
The CS visit comes on the backdrop of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directives earlier in the week, when he made an impromptu visit at the Sh300 million upcoming college, which caught his eye.
The Head of State promised to give Sh150 million to hasten the construction works of the institution as well as its registration.
While at the Governor’s office in Kwale, Prof. Magoha said that his visit to Kwale was to present the certificate of registration and also visit the site of the institution as directed by the President on Monday.
Prof. Magoha hailed the efforts by governor Mvurya’s regional administration for coming up with the new college which will be the second public Teachers Training College (TTC) in the coast region after the Shanzu college in Mombasa.
The Education CS said the college will benefit the people of Kwale in particular and Kenyans in general.
“Sh50 million will be disbursed immediately. I have directed my officers to do so at the end of the day. And this is to make sure the good work started by governor Mvurya is completed. The other Sh100 million will be disbursed next year” said Prof. Magoha.
Governor Mvurya said the pioneer Kwale Teachers Training College will make sure local school leavers with passion to pursue a career in teaching do not have to travel outside the county.
He described the envisioned college as ‘historical’ and one that will change the narrative not only in the county but that of the coastal region in general.
Mvurya said learning activities at the institution, which has a capacity to accommodate 1,000 trainee teachers is scheduled to commence mid next year.
The county boss said the college will train primary school teachers and Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) courses.
Later the CS visited Magongoni Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) centre and hailed the county government for putting up facilities of high quality.
By Hussein Abdullahi