Tarime Teachers College in Mara region is facing a number of challenges, including poor infrastructure, prompting college principal Nicholaus Magige to request the government to provide funds to rehabilitate it.
Magige made the remarks at the college's 20th graduation ceremony.
He said the college inherited structures that belonged to then Tarime Middle School which was constructed in 1938, saying the structures were now in poor condition due to old age.
“The college is facing numerous challenges; however, the poor condition of its infrastructures is the biggest," he said.
For his part, Musoma Rural Member of Parliament Nimrod Mkono, who graced the occasion, called on the stakeholders in the district to support in deed and kind to ensure the college is transformed and modernised.
“I call upon all those coming from Tarime and other stakeholders to contribute towards improving conditions at the college. We should not depend everything on the government," he said.
Mkono donated 2m/- in cash and pledged to donate 200 bags of cement and 200 iron sheets so that rehabilitation work could start immediately.
The acting principal of a teachers training college of Migori in Kenya, John Oucho, challenged the graduating teachers not to be satisfied with the level of education they have attained but should strive further.
At the same time the CCM district chairman pledged to contribute 20 bags of cement, while the NBC Bank Tarime branch manager pledged to contribute 30 bags of cement.
In another development, Mkono promised that he would work with stakeholders to ensure that the college gets a modern library which would be equipmed with modern means of communication, including internet connection, computers, as well as constructing modern playgrounds and providing it with sports gear and equipment.
Mkono said that Tarime district would be built by people coming from there, so he called on the college board chairman to convene a fundraiser to improve the situation at the college.
A total of 355 fresh teachers graduated at the event, 165 of whom were females. The college has a population of 745 students.