In a powerful address to mourners and the family of the late Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, President Uhuru Kenyatta hit back at his successor, William Ruto, for reviewing the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). At the emotional gathering in Lavington, Nairobi, on Tuesday, January 31, Uhuru emphasized the significance of Magoha’s appointment to the Cabinet and praised him for his unwavering dedication to improving the education sector in Kenya.
“My decision to appoint him as the Minister of Education was the right one. He was a man who deserved that position and continued to tackle the curriculum challenges head-on, ultimately leading to the unveiling of the CBC,” Uhuru stated. Despite the criticism and noise surrounding CBC, the President remains steadfast in his belief that the new education system will bring positive change to Kenya’s future generations.
Uhuru also shared personal reflections on his relationship with Magoha, describing him as a man of few words who preferred to let his actions speak for themselves. “He was a great soldier, a great man, and a sincere individual. He did not have time to enjoy the office; for him, it was all about work,” the President said.
In response to Ruto’s review of CBC, Uhuru urged parents to have faith in the new education system, adding that it will prepare students for the changing world. “We will look at the issues raised holistically and ensure that the CBC works,” Uhuru assured.
Magoha, who served as the Education Cabinet Secretary before his untimely death, had also warned Ruto against scrapping CBC and even offered to assist the government during the transition. In his condolence message, Uhuru promised to stand by the Magoha family in their time of need, saying, “With us, you are family. We will be there for you and your family, as Magoha was there with us.”
In conclusion, as Kenya mourns the loss of a visionary leader in the education sector, President Uhuru Kenyatta has made it clear that the Competency-Based Curriculum will remain a top priority for his administration. “May the Almighty God rest his soul in peace,” he said, sending his condolences to Dr. Barbara Magoha.