FEATURE: St. Paul’s College Nyabururu dances with the times

College's main entrance. PHOTO/Elijah Nyaanga.

Known over time as St. Paul’s Teachers’ Training College Nyabururu, one may think St. Paul’s Training College Nyabururu is a different institution.

This is one institution that has changed its name as it positions itself as the college of choice for students yearning for quality training.

With the old name behind us, St. Paul’s Training College has expanded its niche to accommodate Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes.

Mrs Jackline Nyarigoti, Principal. PHOTO/Elijah Nyaanga.

The college administration sees the move as a way counter current challenges affecting Teachers’ Training Colleges (TTCs) across the country.

The government is phasing out the P1 course and replacing it with Diploma in Teacher Education.

“We opted to introduce TVET programmes so that we could stay afloat. The world is changing and we must, too,” said Mrs Jackline Nyarigoti, the college’s principal.

The college has been basically offering P1 (now DPTE) and ECDE courses for the 35 years it has been in existence.

TVET Programmes

Now, it has students taking TVET courses among them, Food and Beverage, Catering, Tailoring and Cloth Technology, Electrical Installation, Masonry, Carpentry, Plumbing, Community Development and Social Work, Journalism and Mass Communication, Music, Hair Dressing and Beauty Therapy and Secretarial.


The college was the brainchild of the late Bishop Tiberius J. Mugendi of the Catholic Diocese of Kisii in 1986.

The main drive for establishing the college was to produce a teaching force that was deeply rooted in both spiritual and moral competence to help in transforming learners’ lives for a better society.

“The college has been operational since 1986. It was established and sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Kisii, under the patronage of our able Bishop and Board of Management (BOM) appointed by the Diocese of Kisii,” said Mrs Nyarigoti.

She said this during the college’s past graduation ceremony which was presided over by the Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto.

She added: “Our institution is a great blessing to this country not only in academia but also in spirituality following our Motto ‘To excel in All Good Things’.

I have no doubt in my mind that the kind of education and coaching our students receive helps them to serve humanity with humility, dedication and honesty.”

The principal noted that the college has a modern library and computer lab, and a dedicated staff that has worked tirelessly to successfully produce sharp and productive minds.


Students conducting a micro-teaching class. PHOTO/Elijah Nyaanga.
Catering students on a practical session. PHOTO/Elijah Nyaanga.
College Principal Jackline Nyarigoti, Bishop Joseph Mairura, Fr Lawrence Mandere and Christopher Osinde during the College’s Day with the alumni January 30, 2021. PHOTO/Courtesy.
The principal helping Bishop Joseph Mairura (Kisii Diocese) to cut a cake during the College’s Day with the alumni January 30, 2021. PHOTO/Courtesy.
Mr. Shadrack Moturi, Director Marketing poses for a group photo with scouting students during the College Alumni Day on January 30, 2021. PHOTO/Courtesy.
College soccer team. PHOTO/Courtesy.
College library. PHOTO/Courtesy.
Administration block (ground flr), library, and the intended ICT and special classes (2nd flr). The upcoming 3rd flr will accommodate TVET classes. PHOTO/Elijah Nyaanga.
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Mr. Nyaanga, famously known as Amb. Scholarman Snr is a seasoned award-winning journalist with vast knowledge in print and online journalism. He is the Lead Editor at the Scholar Media Group Africa (SMEGA), the company which publishes The Scholar Newspaper and runs https://scholarmedia.africa.


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