MANDERA — In a significant move to bolster education in the region, H.E Governor Mohamed Adan Khalif, accompanied by senior county officials, the County Director of Education, and the Deputy County Director of the Teachers Service Commission, made a strategic visit to Mandera Teachers Training College earlier today.
This visit comes at a pivotal time when the county is making concerted efforts to address the teacher shortage, a challenge that has plagued the region for years. The County Government has shown unwavering commitment to turning the tide, as evidenced by its hefty investment in the college’s infrastructure and teacher education.
The college, now relocated to a state-of-the-art facility, has seen an influx of around 200 teacher trainees admitted in just the last two days—a clear indication of the growing appeal and capacity of the institution. With the trajectory set, the county is optimistic that teacher admissions will burgeon to over 400, with a strategic plan to train more than 1500 local teachers in the ensuing three years.
In a bid to alleviate the financial burden on aspiring educators and their families, the County Government has unveiled a plan to cover 50% of college fees this year. This generous offer is set to be augmented with additional funding sourced from NGCDF, Ngaaf, and ward bursary allocations. This financial reprieve is not just a subsidy but a lifeline to many who see education as a pathway to empowerment and community transformation.
The college’s growth and development were further boosted by the receipt of donated foodstuffs, a gesture that underscores the collective support and goodwill the institution enjoys from well-wishers and the broader community.
Governor Khalif’s visit, thus, is not just an inspection but an affirmation of the county’s unwavering commitment to equipping and empowering local educators. It is a clear signal that the county is on a determined course to not just increase the number of teachers but enhance the quality of education offered.
As Mandera County grapples with the teacher shortage, initiatives such as these provide a beacon of hope. They underscore a collective resolve to confront and overcome challenges, ensuring that every child in Mandera has access to quality education, facilitated by well-trained and adequately supported local educators.