Machakos Teachers’ Training College is a Public College which was started by the Colonial government and opened its doors on 4th March, 1958. The Institution was established to train female teachers and had 64 students in four classes offering T3, T2, T1 and T1- up-grader teacher training courses. The first Principal was Miss A.C. Shrubsole.
In 1965 male students joined the College making it co-educational. They had been transferred from Tumutumu Teachers’ College in Nyeri. In 1968 MATECO got the first African Principal, Mr. P. G. King’ori. By then the student population had risen to 240. The College continued to train P1 and P2 teachers up to 1982. From then on it has been fully devoted to training P1 teachers only.
Students’ recruitment to the institution is based on a quota system worked out by the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, that is, qualified students are admitted from all the Counties in the country. MATECO is unique in that, it trains regular students as well as students with hearing, visual and physical impairment.
Currently, MATECO has a teaching staff of 73 lecturers, 63 support staff and student population of 963.
The Principal is Dr. Jane Mabwai. The first chairman of the BOM was Mr. K. M Cowley and the current BOM Chairman is Mr. Tito Musyoka.