4 January 2011

Uganda: New Shimoni Teachers' College Opens in Kira Town

SHIMONI Primary Teachers' Training College, which was relocated from Kampala city centre four years ago, has been reconstructed on a new site in Kitikifumba village, Kira Town Council.

The College, which was initially located on a small piece of land at the lower side of Nakasero Hill, is now sitting on 25 acres.

It will be commissioned today by the education minister, Namirembe Bitamazire.

The Government has spent about sh8b on the project. The education ministry implemented the project under the supervision of the permanent secretary, Francis-Xavier Lubanga.

The college was temporarily relocated to St. John Bosco Nyondo Core Primary Teachers' College in Mbale district, before the Government secured land at sh1b for its new site in Kira Town Council.

The students, who have been studying at the Nyondo campus, will move to the new campus.

Shimoni PTC was started in 1952 in Kampala, by the British Government and Indian Goan Community. In 1996, it was made a Core PTC with 21 co-ordinating centres.

The facilities constructed at the new campus include a multi-purpose hall, an external kitchen, four-unit classroom blocks, eight dormitories, a library block, science block, a sick-bay, the principal's house and three storied tutors' blocks.

The reconstructed college also has VIP latrines, toilets, and a sports field.

"The old Shimoni PTC required renovation or a complete overhaul," the ministry's spokesperson, Aggrey Kibenge, told New Vision.

"The new teachers' college has adequate space to accommodate more students than a primary school.

"Apart from the new buildings, the college has modern equipment and is well staffed," he said.

"It is one of the starting points for improving teachers' effectiveness and the quality of education in the country," he added.

Kibenge described the reconstructed college, as a model one in the country.

The college will accommodate about 450 students.

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