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Challenges Hinder Operations of PTCs

Herbert Ssemuwemba, the Principal Kabulasoke Core PTC in Gomba District who also doubles as the chairperson of principals from central region, says that each year it is becoming difficult to run the college. Ssemuwemba says that the challenges facing the TPCs translate into poor quality output. He wants the government to allocate more funds if quality of education is to improve.
Herbert Ssemuwemba, the chairperson of principals from central region

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Several challenges are hindering the operations of Primary Teachers Colleges-PTCs across the country. The colleges are faced with challenges ranging from under-staffing, dilapidated structures, limited classroom and poor funding.

There are 47 PTCs in Uganda of which 45 are owned and funded by the government and two are owned by faith-based bodies. 23 of the government colleges are core institutions that run both pre- and in-service programmes and 22 are non-core institutions that have only pre-service programmes.

Herbert Ssemuwemba, the Principal Kabulasoke Core PTC in Gomba District who also doubles as the chairperson of principals from central region, says that each year it is becoming difficult to run the college.

Ssemuwemba says that the challenges facing the TPCs translate into poor quality output.

He wants the government to allocate more funds if quality of education is to improve. 

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Currently, the government pays each student in the PTC 1,980 per day to cover expenses such as feeding, utilities like electricity, water and internet services among others.

However, Ssemuwemba says the money is inadequate He also says that the funds are released late, which affects the activities of the college.

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Beatrice Kayegi, the Principal Busuubizi Core PTC in Mityana District, says that sometimes colleges have to improvise by engaging into different projects like farming so as to have an alternative to feeding the students.

However, Kayegi says there are other challenges like understaffing which is taking toll on PTCs. Kayegi notes that they have less than 50 percent of the required tutors.

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Besides the staffing levels, the principal notes that colleges don't have facilities such as libraries, resource centers, multipurpose halls, ICT laboratories and classrooms.

Dr Jane Egau-Okou, the Commissioner for Teacher Education in the Ministry of Education says that the Ministry is aware of the challenges facing PTCs. She says that the ministry has since made needs assessment of all PTCs in country and realized that each college requires a minimum of six billion shilling to renovate the dilapidated structures.

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Okou says that the ministry has allowed principals to use part of the capitation grant and hire some tutors. However, she is worried that with the few funds, sometimes colleges hire unqualified tutors most of them being secondary teachers who are not trained as educators, thus affecting the quality of teaching.



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