By our reporter
The rehabilitation of structures at the 33-year-old National Teachers’ College Kabale in Kabale Municipality has kicked off after receiving a grant of Euros 4m worth about Shs18bn from Belgium Technical Cooperation.
Benjamin Turyahikayo, the college principal, while speaking on Tuesday during the ground breaking ceremony at college main hall in Kabale municipality said that the rehabilitation works will include completing the unfinished structures such as lecture rooms, administration block, removing asbestos roofing on some structures and replaced it with iron sheets, extension and construction of power, establishment of sanitation and solid waste management facilities, drainage and safe water system.
Turyahikayo asked the ministry of education and sports to help the school with ten tents worth about thirty million shillings to aid learning and teaching as rehabilitation continues.
He also called on the government to increase the capitation grants to the National Teachers Colleges to help the administration provide all services required for proper teaching and learning of students.
“Currently, government provides Shs1800 for each student at the College each day and the grant is meant to cover meals, scholastic materials, transport, firewood, general maintenance and repairs among others. This should be increased up to Shs3600 so that we can cater for learners well in relation to the current state of economy,” he said.
Speaking as the guest of honour, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sports Alex Kakooza, promised to draft a report and forward it to the ministry for education and sports for discussion in the demands of the institution.
Kakooza also urged students to be disciplined, love their profession and work hard for better academic performance.
“Education is not just a profession but a calling that one has to exercise by exhibiting special disciplinary values that will reflect on them even when they are in service,” said Kakooza.
The contract to rehabilitate the college handed over to Excel Construction Company and they were given a period of 18 months to complete the work.
Kakooza also commissioned the Shs200m bus that was donated to the college by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2009.