Mosoriot Teachers College

We have finally returned to Kenya after nearly 39 years!  We taught at Mosoriot Teachers College near Eldoret from 1967-1970 and then made a very brief half day visit there in July 1973.  We have not been back since.  We were unable to contact the school prior to our coming and so just stopped in.  We did not know that we chose their graduation day!  But African hospitality prevailed and we were given tea, shown around the school, and even had a chance to meet the present principal during his busy day.  We were allowed to wandered around the campus.

Many, many things have changed—not surprising!  For one, it is much bigger—more classrooms, more dorms, more housing.  There was even a signpost as we entered as to where to find particular areas.  Mosoriot continues to be an educational institution for future primary school teachers only. There are about 800 students now with 72 teachers.  We had about 300 students with about 15-20 teachers.  Only students who have completed secondary school are now admitted whereas we were teaching students who only had 8th grade education or at most 2 years of secondary.

We did recognize many places.  We saw our house (which has changed a lot on the outside); the chapel which was built while we were there is still being used, though there was a side addition.  We saw the classrooms where we taught.  There is a newer, much larger library but with the same problem found in many African schools of too many old books.  In fact, the most recent encyclopedia set was one which Sally Jo had gotten when she was librarian there.  We met the librarian and a few of the teachers.  The graduation ceremony was being held on the same sports field where we often served as judges during athletic events.

We would like to include some of our old photos for comparison, but they are all in the US. So perhaps that will be another blog after we return home.

4 Responses to “Mosoriot Teachers College”

  1. michael Ngugi Says:

    You taught 10 student teachers, who in turn impacted 100 others, who inturn impacted 1000 others, and the number rises higher and higher. Thousands owe your selflessness. “I am because you are” Jomo Kenyatta said. So thousands are benefitting because you are good.
    I attended Mosoriot in 1980 then taught at one primary school in Kajiado before coming to United states. I have very fond memories of the place.

  2. Boniface Njoroge Ndichu Says:

    l recall Mosoriot with profound nolstagia.l exited the college just last year mind you.Although l was literally dragged into the college(l never wanted to be a teacher:moreso a primary school teacher) that place really changed my life.From there l gor a wife n thus a gave me a zeal to pursue a degree immediately after my teacher training there.I hope that one day l shall be great after achieving my academic pursuit.
    l wish l had met you.l was there around that time.

  3. ann limanto tobiko Says:

    i am a first year at mosoriot teachers college .I never wished to be a teacher at first being at Nandi county was tough .The weather is a challenge to mi bt I thank God am adapting slowly by slowly ….mosoriot is the best place to be…

  4. newton kariuki wa mureu Says:

    memories of mosoriot are still fresh in my of the best moments was being in hockey pitch this is back in 2013 –2015.i thank God for mosoriot made me the teacher i am today

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