Garissa leaders laud youth for increased enrolment to TTCs

Two-time Fafi MP Elias Bare has lauded the increased teacher trainee enrolment in North Eastern.

The reopening of Garissa Teachers College, spearheaded by North Eastern region leaders, is gradually encouraging youth to enroll for teaching courses.

From a paltry enrolment of 54 students, the college’s current population stands at more than 600 students.

“With our efforts to entice the youth to join teaching, the region is en route towards solving the perennial teacher shortage in the arid North Eastern region,” said Elias Bare Shill, an educationist and two-time Fafi MP.

He added: “To welcome these noble 603 teacher trainees who have joined the college to train as teachers is one of my greatest moments.”

Mandera Teachers College has also experienced a surge in learners, opening with 603 first-year teacher trainees.

TSC North Eastern Regional Director Stephen Ajanga called on lecturers who might have left for various reasons to return and impart knowledge to the young teachers.

“In the same vein, secondary school teachers who have the capability and interest in joining the Teacher Training Colleges are welcome. Since the North Eastern leadership is gunning toward teacher self-sufficiency, the teacher trainees should not let us down by dropping out,” said the regional boss.

Expressing the same sentiments, Garissa County Woman Representative Udgoon Syad called on the students to sacrifice and carry on with the cause despite the challenges they may experience.

“You are the most important people in the world and since you have momentarily made us proud, on behalf of other leaders I plead with you not to drop out. Don’t drop out of college and after graduation, don’t drop out of the profession,” she beseeched the trainees.

She noted that the volatile and arid region has had a history of acute teacher shortage in the recent past but the local leadership’s continuous call and support for youth to join the noble profession has started paying off, but wondered if the initiative will be sustainable long enough.

By Amoto Ndiewo

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