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Prof George Magoha is Dead

George Magoha, former Education Cabinet Secretary under former president Uhuru Kenyatta is dead.

Former Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha died on Tuesday, January 24 after suffering suffered a cardiac arrest while receiving treatment at the Nairobi Hospital.

The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer James Nyamongo confirmed the demise, stating that Magoha breathed his last shortly after arriving at the facility.

“It is with great regret that we announce the sudden and untimely demise of Prof George Magoha this evening at the Nairobi Hospital.

“Magoha collapsed at home and was rushed to the hospital’s accident and emergency. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Kindly join me in condoling with his family,” Nyamongo announced.

He was reportedly rushed to the facility today after falling ill.

He leaves behind his wife Dr Magoha and son Dr Michael Magoha. 

Prof Magoha was known as a tough-talking and no-nonsense CS during his time at the Education Ministry. 

His death comes barely a week after his appointment as a lecturer of medical surgery at the Maseno University School of medicine.

A no-nonsense scholar, the former CS will be remembered for his reforms in the ministry, especially in dealing with examination malpractices and indiscipline in schools.

Under his reign as Education boss, he reduced the marking time frame in which the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

The accomplished academia played a key role in ensuring the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

Before being appointed to cabinet five years ago, Prof Magoha served as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nairobi (UoN) for ten years (2005 to 2015). 

He also served as a Professor of Urological and Transplant Surgery at UoN’s College of Health Sciences. 

His medical career includes work and training in Nigeria, Ghana, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He also trained in Executive Management at Stanford University. 

In Nigeria, he began his career as an intern in Surgery at Lagos University Teaching Hospital and rose to become Senior Resident and Clinical Lecturer in Surgery. 

He later joined UoN as a Lecturer in Urological Surgery in 1988 and rose through the ranks to become a full Professor of Surgery in 2000. 

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