The late Prof. George Magoha, who departed yesterday at the Nairobi Hospital, will be remembered for his contributions during his tenure as the Cabinet Secretary for Education in Kenya.
Prof. George Magoha made several significant contributions to the education sector in Kenya, which saw reforms that boosted the quality of education in the country.
One of his main contributions is the 100% Transition policy, which ensured that all students who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams were able to transition to secondary school. This policy was aimed at addressing the challenge of students who were unable to transition to secondary school due to lack of places.
Prof. Magoha also implemented the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), which sought to make education more practical and relevant to students. This curriculum focused on the development of skills and knowledge needed for the job market, and was aimed at addressing the challenge of education not being relevant to the needs of the job market.
Furthermore, Professor Magoha implemented the Free Day Secondary Education policy, which provided free secondary education to all students. This policy was aimed at addressing the challenge of students who were unable to afford secondary education.
Magoha is also credited for reopening schools after a long closure due to COVID-19 pandemic, which had a positive impact on the education sector.
He also launched the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS), an online system that tracks students from primary to secondary level, and helps in the management of schools. This system helped to improve the management and administration of schools.
Apart from that, the fallen statesman launched the Computer Studies Curriculum which aimed at equipping students with digital skills to prepare them for the digital economy. This helped to address the challenge of students not being equipped with digital skills, which is essential for the digital economy.
He also oversaw the construction of new classrooms and rehabilitation of existing ones in primary and secondary schools. This helped to address the challenge of inadequate classrooms and poor infrastructure in schools.
Additionally, Professor Magoha launched the Sanitary Towel program to provide free sanitary pads to girls in schools to help address the challenge of girls missing school during their menstrual periods.
He also launched the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program which aimed to provide quality education to children aged between 3 and 5 years to address the challenge of poor quality education in early childhood education.
Magoha will also be remembered for launching the teacher training program which aimed to improve the quality of teaching in schools to tackle the challenge of poor quality of teaching in schools.
Overall, Professor George Magoha’s contributions in the education sector in Kenya have had a significant impact on addressing some of the major challenges that the sector was facing, and have been widely acknowledged by many experts and education stakeholders as having significantly impacted the education sector in Kenya.
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