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Dr. Jane Egua, the Commissioner for Teacher Training and Education, says that low enrollment is affecting the operations of the colleges, which in turn affects the quality output.
18 Apr 2019 06:49
L-R; Dr. Annie Begumisa, the Academic Registrar Kyambogo University, Prof Eli Katunguka, the Vice Chancellor Kyambogo University, Mrs Museveni, Dr. Egau and Dr. Byakutaga pose with teacher trainees

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Ministry of Education and Sports has announced plans to close all Primary Teacher’s Colleges-PTCs with poor enrollment. 

Education Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni, says PTCs with less 100 students will not be allowed to operate.  

She explained that such colleges are struggling to meet their obligations such as paying tutors, buy scholastic materials and construct buildings, which affects learning.

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She was speaking during the release of the 2018 Grade III Teacher's Certificate Examinations in the Prime Minister’s Conference hall. Records from the Directorate of Education Standards show that more than 20 PTCs have less than 50 students.

  There are 58 PTCs across the country, 46 of them government funded. Dr. Beatrice Byakutaga, the chairperson PTC Principal Association of Uganda, says a number of colleges don’t meet the minimum standards.

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    The ministry is yet to release the list of the PTCs facing closure. However, some ministry officials told URN that the privately owned PTCs will be most affected.

  Dr. Jane Egua, the Commissioner for Teacher Training and Education, says that low enrollment is affecting the operations of the colleges, which in turn affects the quality output.

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According to Dr. Egau, all PTCs are expected to adhere to the minimum standards by mid this year or else risk closure. 

The PTCs are expected to put in place the required infrastructure, hire adequate number of tutors and recruit more students.