Outgoing Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha plans to revert to teaching after missing out on a Cabinet slot in President William Ruto’s administration.
Speaking on October 10, the former University of Nairobi (UoN) vice chancellor revealed that he would head back to the classroom after completing his tenure at the Ministry of Education.
However, the CS did not disclose which institution he was joining and whether discussions were already underway.
Before joining the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) and the Cabinet, the CS worked as a medical lecturer at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and as a urological surgery lecturer at UoN
Magoha divulged that he would also spend some time working as a medical practitioner.
“I am also going back to my surgical clinic just to do a little because I want to enjoy life like the other. I believe that I have given enough back to society,” he stated.
The outgoing CS, who had indicated his willingness to serve as CS in Ruto’s government, expressed that he loves teaching and mentoring young professionals in the medical field.
According to the CS, his tenure at the Ministry of Education was successful, judging from the projects he unveiled to the measures he enforced to curb exam leakages.
Among the programs he credited himself with was the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) initiated by former president, Uhuru Kenyatta.
In this regard, he praised Ruto for forming a task force to review CBC rather than scrapping it.
In September 2022, the outgoing CS stated offered his services to Ruto’s administration, stating that he was a better fit to oversee the implementation of the CBC, with the first cohort expected to transition to junior secondary in January 2023.
“If we are thinking in the same direction and he gives me the support that I require and if it is God’s will, then I will say yes,” he stated then.
A section of parents also urged Ruto to retain Magoha, who they argued was critical in implementing the new curriculum.