In Summary
  • Elyas Abdi, Director-General of the State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education, noted that enrollment in the 27 colleges countrywide had declined sharply over the years.
  • Abdi announced that they were investigating why many students in TTCs have been failing in particular subjects.

Over 1,400 students from 17 marginalised regions, who have low academic grades, have been enrolled to teacher training colleges through the affirmative programme.

Elyas Abdi, Director-General of the State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education, said they targeted these communities, nomadic ones in particular, to boost the number of teachers there due to a shortage.

Speaking at St Marks Kigari Teachers College during the institution’s 81st graduation ceremony, Mr Abdi noted teacher-training colleges posted lower numbers of students.

He added that enrollment in the 27 colleges countrywide had declined sharply over the years, from 21,894 in 2017 to the current 18,795.

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Mr Abdi said the move to lower entry grades in some areas would help address the problem, which has also affected revenue generation in teacher training colleges.

He said most students with C+s preferred to join universities.

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