Prof. George Magoha, the cabinet secretary for education, is now pleading with the new president to grant him extra time to see the building of CBC classrooms through to completion.
The CS revealed that despite the Education Ministry being in the last phases of implementing the Competency-Based Curriculum, he still needs time under the next administration to ensure that all classrooms are finished.
“We intend to complete most of the CBC classrooms by election time, should there be a small balance, since I am not a politician, and you can judge me on that, only God knows who will be the president, I don’t know and whoever comes in will be my commander in chief,” said Prof. Magoha, “I hope that before that person is sworn in, they can allow me to finish the remaining classrooms.”
“I stand guided if I’m allowed to continue, I shall continue to ensure that the classrooms are completed, if I’m guided to go and rest, then I will obey the command because I work at someone’s command,” he added.
Prior to the general election, which is scheduled for next Tuesday, August 9, all institutions of basic education close for a week beginning on Tuesday, August 2.
According to CS Magoha’s order from Monday, students will return to class on Thursday, August 11, 2022.
Beginning in January of next year, the first group of Grade 7 students will begin attending Junior Secondary schools as part of the CBC program.
There will be a transition for about 2.5 million children under the curriculum, which is still controversial among those involved in education and who have been urging the government to delay its implementation.
They contend that the system lacks suitable fundamental structures.
President Uhuru Kenyatta declared categorically that there will be no going back in regard to the CBC deployment on June 1 during the Madaraka Day Celebrations in response to recent conflicts between CS Magoha and the political formations opposed to the system.
The government, according to the president, has already set up procedures to ensure that the rollout won’t stall even when his tenure ends in August.
As a result of the criticism, CS Magoha has developed a reputation as a tough and direct leader at the Education Ministry.
He recently pointed out that President Kenyatta has granted him the independence to carry out his duties as CS without interference, which he said is essential for any future leader looking to hire him.
“If somebody else wants my services, they will have to convince me that they will give me the same leeway that this president has given me to serve. Si mnaona ninawika na hakuna kitu inafanyika?,” he posed.
The CS told journalists that he has enjoyed working under President Kenyatta’s administration because of the freedom his boss gave him.
“I feel free. I have been given the freedom to do my work without interference,” he added then.
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