Prof. George Magoha can be described by many as a no-nonsense individual who always stuck to whatever he believed to be the correct thing. Here are some of the late professor of medicine’s most memorable moments.
The late professor was born in 1952. He attended his primary school in Yala before moving to Nairobi, where he joined Strathmore for his high school. He graduated with honors and went on to study surgical medicine at the University of Lagos in Nigeria.
After completing his education at the University of Lagos, he joined the University of Nairobi in 1988 as a lecturer in the school of medicine. He continued to learn while teaching here and was later appointed as a full-fledged professor of medicine.
In the year 2005, he was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, a position which he served until 2014. During his tenure, he implemented radical changes at the university, which have helped it reach greater heights over time.
Upon his exit from the University of Nairobi in 2014, he was appointed the chairman of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) in 2016. At his time in the council, he discouraged the “A” mentality which he called obsession among Kenyan students, parents and teachers. It is in this regard that he collaborated with the then Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiangi, to bring sanity in the education sector.
He served until March 2019, when he was appointed by former President Uhuru Kenyatta as the new Cabinet Secretary for Education, a position he held until October 2022.
The late professor is survived by his wife and a son.