Unmasking Education Cabinet Secretary: Prof. George Magoha
On Friday 1st March, President Uhuru Kenyatta named Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) chairman, Prof. George Magoha, as the new Education Cabinet Secretary to take over Amb. Amina Mohamed’s position.
But who is this man, Prof. George Magoha? Of any appointments made in the Executive by President Kenyatta so far, Prof. Magoha could be the only one that needs almost no introduction.
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The good Professor brags of a 91-paged resume. He is the former University of Nairobi (UoN) Vice Chancellor (VC), the no nonsense individual who never minced his words. He served as a VC for 10 years where he transformed the university from an institution synonymous with students strikes to a centre of excellence.
Currently he is the Chairman of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB), Kenya Association of Urological Surgeons (KAUS) and former President of the Association of African Universities (AAU). Prof Magoha has also been a commissioner at the Commission for Higher Education (now Commission for University Education).
Academically, Prof. Magoha studied at Starehe Boys and Centre School at high school level.
He pursued Bachelor in Medicine at University of Lagos in Nigeria.
He then furthered his studies in surgery and urology at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, University College Hospital, lbadan, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland and Royal Postgraduate Medical School Hammer-smith Hospital, London, Department of Urology, where he earned various academic awards.
Chairman at KNEC
His record as a no nonsense administrator saw the President appoint him as the chairman of KNEC immediately after his term as the VC at UoN came to an end. His immediate task was to clean the council of exam cheating scandal, and he perfectly did that while in office.
Under his watch, changes in KNEC including quick marking and releasing of exams and an end to exam cheating.