Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha is on his way out of the Ministry.
And as his stint at the sensitive sector comes to an end, Omore the son of Magoha is leaving with his head high up.
Speaking when he released his last national examination results, Magoha took time to enumerate key milestones he leaves behind.
Magoha served as the Kenya National Examination Council chairman from 2016 to 2019 before being appointed as Education CS.
As he completes his tenure in the Jubilee government, Magoha looks back to the milestones that have been made in the education sector since 2017.
Since 2018, SH3.017 billion has been spent in procuring sanitary towels for 7,515,864 girls in public primary schools in KenyaCS Magoha
The CS has been on the fore front to eradicate examination irregularities.
His last examination recorded 441 cases of exam cheats.
And he mentioned this as one of the key milestones.
Among other milestones Magoha attributed to his tenure were;
Competency Based Curriculum(CBC)
“The roll-out of the CBC curriculum is on course and the inaugural class is scheduled to join Grade Six when schools re-open on Monday. Consequently, after schools re-open, we shall have more than 9 million children learning under the CBC curriculum.”
Free Day Secondary school learning
“The government has made deliberate efforts to make education not only accessible but also affordable. This has been demonstrated by raising of capitation for Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) from Sh12,870 to the current Sh22,244.”
Medical Insurance Scheme for secondary school learners
“In 2017, the Ministry entered into an agreement with the National Hospital Insurance Fund to run a medical health insurance scheme for all secondary school learners. Since then, the Government has been setting aside Sh4 billion annually to ensure the learners stay healthy by being attended to in health facilities countrywide
Free text books to every child to the ratio of 1:1
“I am pleased to also confirm that the Government has spent Kshs.33.38 billion between 2018 and now achieve a Learner: Book ratio of 1:1 in all public primary and secondary schools.”
Sanitary towels for school girls
“Since 2018, Kshs.3.017 billion has been spent in procuring sanitary towels for 7,515,864 girls in public primary schools in Kenya.”
School Feeding Program
“The Government, in collaboration with partners such as the UN World Food Program (WFP) and the World Bank to keep their children in school and to enrich the nutrition of learners’ meals and ensure a balanced diet, plans are underway to introduce canned beef to their meals.”
Power connection in schools
“The focus on electrification of schools has been a priority. So far, over 90% of schools have been connected.”
ICT Integration in Education
“The Government initiated the Digital Learning Program and a total of 21,717 out of 22,988 primary schools (94%) have been supplied with these digital devices.”
As for Magoha the efforts of his team will remain etched in the history of the country even as he concludes his term with satisfaction.
“As I wind up my tenure as Cabinet Secretary under this administration, I look back at the privilege I have been accorded to transform the way national examinations are conducted and broader education sector reforms, with a lot of appreciation and satisfaction,” he said.