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Magoha shares thoughts on working with President-elect William Ruto

By Wangu Kanuri September 6th, 2022 2 min read

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha says he doesnt mind working with President-elect William Ruto if offered an opportunity.

The no-nonsense CS made the call while on an official tour of schools in Dagoretti, in Nairobi.

“I have enjoyed serving President Uhuru Kenyatta as Education CS,” he stressed.

“But if President-elect Ruto was to offer me an opportunity to serve in government again, I will have a discussion with him and consider that. That said I am not looking for a job.”

Magoha joined President Kenyatta’s cabinet as a replacement for Amina Mohammed in the Education Ministry in 2019.

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He had earlier served as chairman of the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC). His stint has been received with mixed reactions.

He’s castigated corporal punishment against students and urged the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to reprimand teachers engaging in the same.

He also brought a raft of changes to learning programs, including working on national exam results to be released on time and introducing the Competency-based Curriculum (CBC)

Magoha has also had his fair share of controversies.

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He is known for being brash and stern in his pronouncements and one not to back down from his stance when issuing directives.

Recently, he associated a TV journalist with an outlawed terrorist group instead of responding to the question she posed.

He later apologized after a public uproar.

In yet another incident in 2020, Magoha was seen reprimanding a grey-haired senior citizen before dismissing him.

The man was giving the CS a jerrican to water a tree that had been planted in his honour before he was shout at by Prof Magoha who said, “Get away from me, you smell of alcohol.”