Professor George Albert Omore Magoha has today, Tuesday 26th March- 2019, been sworn in as the new Education Cabinet Secretary. Prof Magoha, who takes over from the outgoing CS Dr Amina Mohammed, was sworn in at State House Nairobi at a ceremony witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The ceremony that was executed by the head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, was also witnessed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i; who has also served at the Education docket in the past.
This is what President Uhuru Kenyatta had to say;
“So you (Prof Magoha) are not coming into a field that is new to you. You are very familiar with it and I am really counting on you help us and to support us to ensure that we are able to deliver to the people of Kenya; especially (on) this issue of one hundred percent transition. Ensuring that we manage the resources that we have in a proper and good manner. Assuring ourselves that we are able to implement the new curriculum as we have worked; and you have been part and parcel of that whole process. So, there is nothing new. Again, to you it is something you understand and Am really counting on you being able to work together with your colleagues and myself to ensure that we deliver to the people of Kenya.”
Today’s swearing in follows Parliament’s approval of a report by the Committee on appointments that was chaired by Hon Justin Muturi; the Speaker to the National Assembly.
Professor Magoha now becomes the fourth Education Cabinet Secretary to serve under President Uhuru Kenyatta since his election in 2013. His predecessors (Professor Jacob Kaimenyi, Dr Fred Matiang’i and Dr Amina Mohammed) have since been assigned new assignments in Government.
Professor Magoha is credited for spearheading the reforms at the Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, where he has been serving as the Chairperson.