Founded in 2001, Yei Teacher Training College (YTTC) is South Sudan’s largest pre-service teacher training institution bringing together students from all over the 10 States of South Sudan. It has grown from a small College to a regional power, producing some of the best teachers in the country and the East African region. YTTC is affiliated to Kyambogo University Uganda, with full rights to examinations and certification. Through combined efforts and a wide variety of expertise and coordinated abilities, it has grown into an academic hub in the region. YTTC proved its academic prowess in the recently released 2012 Primary Teacher Examination results by emerging top, beating all the 52 colleges in Uganda. In addition to pre-service teacher training, YTTC provides high-quality residential in-service training on school holidays to support education and increase the number of professionals in the country.
YTTC is an exciting, friendly and supportive place to study. It has the reputation as the leading provider of excellent teacher training facilities in the region. In 2012, it completed a brand new building – the Academic Tower – containing four classes, an IT suite, a science laboratory and offices for many of the College staff. Recently the College officially opened a new state of the art female dormitory – Harriet Jiraba Kepo Memorial House – with the capacity of 144 female students. Ladies have now moved into this building which has a TV room and offices for female staff. With this space students are able to study in a purpose-built, distraction-free environment. There are also sports facilities, a fully stocked library and a social area with DSTV for students’ recreation all providing conducive environment for a modern institution of learning at the heart of Yei Town. Over 50 computers are connected to the internet enabling students to link with the outside world, and research topics for career and intellectual development in their own time.
YTTC’s main focus is on pre-service teacher training – this is a two year residential course where students graduate with a Primary School Teacher Certificate enabling them to teach in South Sudanese primary schools. The following disciplines are taught at the College: Foundations of Teacher Education, Special Needs Education, General Methods, English Language Education, Social Studies Education, Integrated Science Education, Mathematics Education, Religious Education, Performing Arts (Music, Dance and Drama) Education, Physical and Sports Education, Integrated Production Skills, Early Childhood Development, Kiswahili Education, Local Language Education, Agriculture Education and Information and Communications Technology.
In addition to classroom teaching, students have practical sessions to transfer theory from class to practice. One of these is in Agriculture Education. Students dig and prepare the land for cultivation of various crops, including cabbages, carrots, aubergines, lady fingers, green paper, maize and various local vegetables.
YTTC also offers a variety of in-service courses for teachers who are working in schools, enabling them to graduate as qualified teachers. In-service students undergo a tailored, more concise version of the pre-service curriculum, giving them both breadth and depth in their training. They reside at the College during academic holidays when their own pupils are on leave and YTTC staff regularly conduct follow-up with the trainees, ensuring that they are fully equipped for life in the classroom.
The College also offers Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses for headteachers, school inspectors and other groups.
The Students’ Life in the College
Students’ life at YTTC is very fulfilling. Students have all sorts of academic and recreational activities to benefit from. Besides the College popular brassband, there are a rich variety of activities on offer that students can get involved in, including: football, netball, volleyball, debate, journalism, Student Guild politics, music, dance and drama, choir, Morale Boosters (Cheerleading), Scripture Union and environmental protection.
The most important thing though is that the students are happy and love each other, demonstrating a true spirit of peace, unity and national cohesion. A visitor just has to come and walk through the compound to see for themselves the type of life the students lead in campus.
What makes YTTC different?
The success of the College lies in the fact that it focuses on giving trainees a real academic experience, upholding only the highest standards with strict discipline and hard work.
Entry Requirements to the YTTC Teacher Training Course
Minimum requirement is Sudan School Certificate or its equivalent with passes in six subjects.
Those with higher certificates stand an added advantage.
Other General Requirements
An application letter addressed to the Principal YTTC, which must be received before the end of January of every year. Application forms can be obtained from the College or government education offices of Yei, Lainya and Morobo and all state education offices in South Sudan.
All prospective candidates are required to attach copies of their academic documents regardless of where the documents originated. Original transcripts and all relevant documents are required during registration for verification purposes.
YTTC welcomes all students across South Sudan and beyond regardless of tribe, ethnicity, religion, race, colour, gender and disability. Special attention is accorded to female candidates in accordance with building equity into the College system.
The period for application runs from November – January.
- Term I: February – April
- Term II: June – August
- Term III: September – December
Statistics of Registered Students for 2013/ 2014 Academic Year – Year I and II
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Current College Tutors - 17 staff (4 females and 13 males)
- 04 Masters Degree holders
- 13 Bachelors Degree holders
YTTC extends its thanks to all partners who continue to support and allow the College to flourish, especially EED, Stromme Foundation, Swiss Canons, Save the Children and all other supporters. The ongoing work would not be possible without them.
Principal; Yei Teacher Training College
MA. Educational Leadership and Management, Institute of Education, University of London
BA.ED (Economics and Divinity), UCU, Mukono Uganda
Telephone: 0477100533, 0955031018, 0909541630
Deputy Principal for Academics, Yei Teacher Training College
MA. in International Education and Development, Oslo and Akershus University College
Postgraduate Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education, IoE, University of London
BA in English and Literature in English