"I wish to highlight the achievements and
challenges we have faced since we started."
From Principal’s Desk
So far the following have been done by the Board: Building garage for college vehicles, which has been temporarily converted to an open kitchen/Dining hall.
As we launch The Hill of Vision magazine for Kaimosi Teachers Training College. I wish to sincerely thank the team that has worked hard to ensure this edition comes out. The energy exhibited by Mr. Mark Wabuli and his team to produce this magazine is worth commending.
I wish to highlight the achievements and challenges we have faced since the Teachers College and Kaimosi Friends University College started co-existing in 2014. As KAFUCO came in, there was anxiety within the college fraternity that the teachers college was being killed. The workers feared they would lose their jobs while the teaching staff feared being transferred to other colleges. The climax of their fears was the gazettement of KAFUCO.
These fears were allayed/removed when the Friends church allocated the teachers college part of the land belonging to Kaimosi Boys Hogh School for relocation. H.E Rev. Moses Akaranga, the Governor of Vihiga County officiated at the ground breaking of the new site for contraction to begin. He pledged to give kshs. 25 million and engaged a contractor to start constructing five classrooms and two hostels to accommodate hundred students. The MP for Hamisi constituency Hon. Charles Gimose pledged to construct a hostel worthy kshs. 5 million. When the construction began, there was hope of the college continuing to exist. Furthermore the Ministry of Education gave the college shs. 2 million for fencing the land at the new site and putting up a gate. Later the college received more funding from the Ministry to the tune of kshs.13 million in June 2016. The college started constructing a storey building consisting of 12 classrooms.
We thank the Ministry, County government of Vihiga and CDF Hamisi
for their tremendous support. The Board of management of Kaimosi Teachers College under the chairmanship of Mr. Johnston Kavuludi, EBS, HSC supplemented the construction through proper planning, implementation and overseeing the projects.
So far the following have
been done by the Board;
Landscaping part of the field
Toilets for men and women
Showers/Bathrooms for men
Building garage for college vehicles
Protecting water springs & pumping clean water
Electricity supply to the new site
Construction of a Septic tank
Construction of Classrooms & Hostels
Besides the above achievement, the college has also automated the issuance of receipts in the Finance department.
Since 2014, when the university college came in, we had to stagger our intake by one year. For two years, we had only one group
until September 2016 when we revolved back to having both 1st and 2nd year students totaling to 1000 students (600 2nd years and 400 1st years) We have continued to do well in academic and extracurricular activities even when we were operating at half of the students’ capacity.
However, we have faced a lot of challenges since 2014. They include the following among others:
- Many of our income generating projects went underground e.g. forestry, poultry, horticulture, seminars etc.
- Conflict with the university when the college was harvesting the trees that it planted. The matter ended up in court. This created bad blood between the TTC and KAFUCO.
- The facilities that we have are constrained i.e classrooms, hostels, Library, computer rooms.
- First year students have to walk to and fro m the new site – a distance of 3 km for tuition. Things are worse when it is raining the road becomes muddy. When it is not raining the road is too dusty.
- Frequent agitation by the university students affect the smooth operation of the college.
- Many of the teaching staff were transferred and we have a serious shortage of tutors.
I wish to thank the church for standing with us throughout to extend of giving us their Guest House to be used by our male students as hostels.
I also wish to thank our students for their resilience and understanding the challenges we are facing.
I commend the students’ leaders for demonstrating mature leadership.
Special thanks go to the Ministry of Education, the County Director of Education, the Community, teaching and non-teaching staff for their unwavering support during this time of transition.
Margaret Ruttoh (Mrs.)