NTC Mubende : 2022-06-24
NTC Mubende was established in 1984 by the Government of Uganda to produce quality Grade five teachers to teach children of the lower secondary in the established secondary schools in the country. The awarding body for the diplomas was Makerere University but the responsibility later in 1988 was shifted to the Institute of Teacher Education Kyambogo (ITEK) which with time transformed into Kyambogo University. In a few years later (1989), the College expanded her programs to include the holiday in-service training of grade three primary teachers that upgrade to grade five and go back to teach in the primary schools in the country.
At the beginning, the College was housed in a building formerly used as “a Night Club,” in Kaweeri, which is now a hostel for students doing a nursing course. The building was rented on behalf of government from a private owner, Mr. Damiano Ssekiziyivu.
The initial students’ enrollment at NTC Mubende was 34 under the Pioneer leadership of late Mr. Kavulu David, the first Director/ Principal of the College. As time went on, the enrollment of students increased and soon the Night Club and its premises became inadequate to meet the college demands.
At that time, not far from Mubende town at a place called Namagogo, there were some unfinished building structures constructed by Uganda Government in 1975 for a Primary Teacher’s Training College which did not start due to the 1979 liberation war. After the war, the land and buildings on it were allocated by Government to National Teachers’ College in 1988.
When the NTC shifted to the new site, they took advantage of the unfinished but habitable building structures in place. These consisted of eight (8) large classrooms, three (3) offices, a staff room and one (1) large and one other small basement rooms. There existed fourteen (14) other building structures which had been abandoned at different levels of completion.
Efforts were put in by the College Management and Development partners like Action Aid to complete some of the structures although inadequacy of funds was the major hindrance. The eight (8) large classrooms were divided into smaller rooms to create more classrooms while others were used as residential halls for students. Today, with support from the Government of Uganda through the MoES and with the assistance of the Development partners new structures are being constructed and the old ones are undergoing renovations. It is expected that after the whole exercise, the students’ enrollment/college capacity shall rise from the current figure of 640 to more than 1500 students and the college will begin to offer degree programs in response to the NTP.
Article By: Principal