Kampala, Uganda – In a recent announcement, Education Minister Janet Museveni disclosed that the government has decided to phase out 22 Primary Teacher Training Colleges (PTCs) that are not considered core institutions for teacher education. This decision came after consultations with various stakeholders associated with these PTCs.
The affected PTCs will undergo a transformation to serve different purposes. One of them will be repurposed into a senior secondary school, while five will become health training institutions. Additionally, six will operate as satellite campuses for various public universities, three will function as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) skills training institutions, one will become a TVET Agro-Vet institution, two will serve as health tutors’ training institutions, and four will be instructor training institutions.
Education Minister Janet Museveni emphasized that the operationalization of these restructured institutions is contingent upon the availability of financial resources. She assured students who are concerned about the closure of their alma mater that alternative arrangements will be made for those who wish to retake their examinations. These students can enroll in the remaining 23 core Primary Teacher Training Colleges.
Furthermore, the First Lady urged the technical team at the Ministry of Education to ensure that the ongoing reforms under the National Teacher Policy 2019 do not adversely affect continuing students in teacher training institutions. She emphasized the need for collaboration between the ministry and Kyambogo University to prevent any disruptions caused by government reforms.
In addition to these changes, the Education Ministry has requested Kyambogo University to collaborate closely with key stakeholders to facilitate the swift adoption of the National Teacher Policy 2019.
List of Phased Out Institutions:
|Name of the PTC||Location||Repurposed Option|
|Jinja PTC||Jinja||Senior Secondary School|
|Kotido PTC||Kotido||Campus of Gulu University|
|Erepi PTC||Moyo||Campus of Muni University|
|Paidha PTC||Zombo||Campus of Kyambogo University|
|Kabwangasi PTC||Butebo||Campus of Busitema University|
|Rukungiri PTC||Rukungiri||Campus of Kabale University|
|Canon Lawrence PTC Bomboro||Lira City||Campus of Lira University|
|Bundibugyo PTC||Bundibugyo||Health Training Institution|
|Kisoro PTC||Kisoro||Health Training Institution|
|Busikho PTC||Busia||Health Training Institution|
|Kapchorwa PTC||Kapchorwa||Health Training Institution|
|St Augustine PTC Butiti||Kyenjojo||Health Training Institution|
|Buhungiro PTC||Isingiro||TVET Skills Training Institution|
|Kiyoora PTC||Ntungamo||TVET Agro-Vet Institution|
|Rakai PTC||Kyotera||TVET Skills Training Institution|
|Kamurasi PTC||Masindi||TVET Skills Training Institution|
|Kabukunge PTC||Kalungu||Instructor Training Institution|
|Kaliro PTC||Kaliro||Instructor Training Institution|
|Bikungu PTC||Mitooma||Instructor Training Institution|
|Bwera PTC||Kasese||Instructor Training Institution|
|St Mary’s PTC Bukedea||Bukedea||Health Tutor’s Training Institution|
|Christ The King PTC Gulu||Gulu City||Health Tutor’s Training Institution|