Education Cabinet Secretary is known as this no-nonsence man who will always stand with his principles.
As he released his last national examination results on April 23, Magoha appeared more emotional than any other time.
The 2021 KCSE was the last national examination results he released in this government tenure.
The next time such an event is held will be December 2022, and there wll be another government following the August 9, election.
And Omore the son of Magoha had 13 people to thank for his success as Cabinet Secretary and as Chair of Kenya National Examination Council (Knec).
“Through my journey at KNEC and at the Ministry, many successes particularly on the conduct of national examinations have been registered through the Multi- Agency approach. In this regard, I wish to positively recognise and acknowledge the following:
1. The Almighty God who has given us the strength and wisdom to champion examinations reforms;
2. His Excellency the President for his strong leadership, guidance and stewardship
3. Interior and National Coordination of Government Dr. Fred Matiang’i for the key role that he played in initiating the examination reforms and for the role that he continues to play in the security sector to support the reforms;
4. Dr. Amina Mohammed who perpetuated in the implementation of the reforms during her tenure at the Ministry of Education;
5. The late Joseph Nkaiserry whose partnership with ICT colleague Joseph Mucheru was critical in ensuring that examinations were secured and efficiently delivered
6. Dr. Belio Kipsang’ whose experience was key towards the reforms when he was the Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education;
7. Dr. Nancy Macharia who has consistently ensured that the Teachers Service Commission rallies behind the reforms;
8. Dr. Mercy Karogo, the immediate former CEO of KNEC whose leadership at KNEC led to the
successful implementation of the reforms during her tenure;
9. Members of the KNEC Council as well as members of the entire KNEC fraternity for supporting the reforms;
10. Ministry Officials who have been involved in the monitoring of examinations;
11. Our Teachers and Centre Managers for preparing their students and overseeing the conduct of the examinations;
12. Our NGAO and Security Officers for overseeing logistical and security arrangements on our national examinations; and
13. Last, but not least, my family which has stood by me in this journey. Efforts of this incredible team in delivering credible examinations for our children will remain etched in the history of our country.
Advise to future Education CS’s
But Magoha did not fail to leave a word of advice for the future Education Cabinet Secretaries.
“For the many more Cabinet Secretaries that will come after me, the main thing that I advise them, is to not drop the ball in safeguarding the integrity of our national examinations,” said Magoha.
He added; “They must keep intact the trajectory of the examination reforms that we have put in place.”