Ministry Makes Move To Establish Teachers’ Training Institution In Taveta
The government has purchased land in Taveta Sub-county to construct a primary school teacher training college.
Officials from the Ministry of Education said they have identified more than ten acres for the training facility in the region, where local leaders have previously expressed concern about marginalization and a lack of affirmative action in teacher recruitment.
Yesterday, the County Director of Education, Simon Wanjohi, stated that the location for the project’s implementation had already been identified.
“We have been allocated the land and we have a title deed to establish the primary school teacher training college. The county education board will visit Taveta Sub-county to inspect the plot and thereafter convene education stakeholders meeting to ratify the project. The process is going on,” the education officer told a meeting in Mwatate town yesterday.
More than 440 primary and secondary school teachers are needed in the region. According to stakeholders, the shortage was caused by retirement, natural attrition, the allocation of few slots for recruitment, and transfers without replacement.
The only primary school training college in the region is St Mary’s teacher’s private training college, which is owned by the Catholic Church.
The new project’s implementation will increase the number of public training institutions in the region to five. Taita Taveta University, the Coast Institute of Technology (CIT), and the Voi and Taveta Kenya Medical Training Colleges are among the others (KMTCs).
Meanwhile, Coast Institute of Technology (CIT) will be transformed into a national polytechnic in the near future.
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The technical training institute, which has positioned itself to meet Kenya’s Vision 2030 goals for quality education, is one of eight institutions in the county identified for improvement next year.
Gloria Wawuda, CIT’s Deputy Principal, and board member Prof Julius Mwabora recently informed members of the Taita-Taveta county assemblies (MCAs) that the institute had already been inspected by a team from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) authorities.