23 primary teachers colleges are set to close indefinitely as the government officially phases out Grade three , Grade four and Grade five teaching qualifications in favor for a bachelors degree in education.
There Four to Six PTCs in Uganda , 23 of which are institutions that run both pre and in service programs the remaining 23 are non core institutions that only offers pre service programs
Dr Denis Mugiba the education and sports ministry spokes person confirms the move to phase out non core PTC institutions saying that PTCS that will be phased out will be turned out to secondary schools, Skilling centers or technical institutions depending on the needs of the areas where they are located.
The new changes changes are part of the government’s move to streamline the professionalize and also improve the quality of teachers education hatched in 2019 national teacher policy.
The policy requires that all the teachers from pre primary should have a minimum qualification of a bachelors degree to implement the objective the policy recommended the creation of the Uganda national institute teacher education to take on the role of handling teachers education which is currently under Kyambogo University.
Kamwana the commissioner in charge of teachers education and development notes that as part of the changes admission of students after UCE to PTCs have been suspended as required by the national teachers policy.
Kamwana adds that the closure of some colleges and other new changes that are scheduled to happen will be implemented in the phased manner with continuing students being allowed to complete their students as the new changes are effected.
The move to raise the minimum qualification of teachers in Uganda has been criticized by several educationists , Teachers and policy makers noting that having a degree might not be magic solution to the current teacher education challenges in the country.