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Parents want Ruto to retain Magoha as Education CS

Ruto should retain George Magoha as Education CS to ensure a smooth transition for grade six students to Junior Secondary School.

The National Parents Association (NPA) has urged the new administration of William Ruto to retain Education Cabinet Secretary George Omore Magoha.

Speaking on Thursday, September 8, parents argued that Magoha would be pivotal in ensuring a smooth transition for grade six students to Junior Secondary School.

Nicholas Maiyo, parents’ representatives said that Magoha’s hand on management approach would help his administration fulfill his Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC)

“We humbly request him to retain Prof Magoha as Education CS to complete the good work that he is doing,” Nicholas Maiyo stated.

“The CS is hands-on and acts on issues raised immediately. He is a good administrator. If it is possible for him to continue working for some time, we have no problem,” he added.

They praised Magoha for modernizing the nation’s educational system, which had previously been run by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), and for establishing the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS).

The system enables parents to quickly implement school transfers, keep track of student progress in real time, and get information on the construction of the school’s infrastructure.

According to NPA appointing someone else with no experience in CBC would water down the progress Magoha had made in the country’s education system.

They thus urged Ruto to address the hitches raised by different stakeholders to improve CBC.

Magoha already expressed his willingness to work under Ruto’s administration if accorded maximum support. He added that he would gladly accept the appointment if his policies align with the Kenya Kwanza government.

Former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion addressed claims of being fronted to succeed Magoha.

Sossion dismissed claims that he had lobbied for that position reiterating that only Ruto will decide if he is fit to take over from Magoha.

“The president decides who serves where. I do not have, any pre-election agreement on that particular job and we do not lobby, the president will decide where you will serve,” he stated.

“My business was to support Kenya Kwanza in its philosophy of the bottom-up economic model. It was in drafting the charter and I’m happy because the charter is good for education and teachers,” he added.

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