Magoha calls on successor to ensure full monitoring
Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha yesterday urged his successor to continue monitoring the ministry’s projects to ensure they are fully implemented.
Magoha asked the next Education Cabinet Secretary to have round the clock supervision of all the ministry’s activities to not only get value for government money but also avoid landing in jail.
“Whoever will be the CS for education for the next 20 years must accept that the work is not at Jogoo House, the work is outside in the field and I want to attest to the improvement of my staff because they know I can be anywhere anytime,” said the CS.
He made the remarks at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) when he launched the re-engineered National Education Management Information System.
Magoha said his frequent field trips have yielded fruits as there has been work improvement since nobody sleeps on their job.
“…even as I stand here, you do not know where I am going tomorrow. Forget about Kenyans, they can say whatever they want but we shall continue to monitor and evaluate what is going on. That is my advise to the new CS. If he sits at Jogoo, he will get reports, which might even land him in jail,” Magoha explained.
A case in point, said Magoha, was when he recently delegated Education Chief Administrative Officer (CAS), Dr Sarah Ruto to inspect construction of Competency Based Curriculum classroom in a Uasin Gishu school only to find they had not even poured the slab yet they were supposed to be on the roofing level. “If we were just dealing with information, we would have recorded that building as built… I went to Kamiti to open a classroom the other day but would have gone there to enter inside for no reason.”
The CS welcomed NEMIS re-engineering saying that the issue of data is critical for purposes of proper decision and policy making.