George Magoha
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George Magoha, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education, said he is still in charge of all duties assigned to him by the Head State.

Magoha said he is not perfect and defended his management skills.  He spoke a day after the Public Service Commission (PSC) withdrew Human Resource management functions assigned to him at the ministry.

“While I do concede that I am not perfect, in the process of reforms of the magnitude required to improve service delivery in the education sector. I also recognize that this process is bound to generate resistance if tangible results are to be achieved,” Magoha said.

The CS observed that since he assumed office, he saw lapses often caused by field officers who he demanded work hard and deliver quality services for all.

“In my many field visits I have noted that chronic absenteeism is the single leading cause of poor quality assurance and oversight by the Ministry. On this concern, I wish to confirm that for as long as I remain at the helm of the Ministry. I shall continue to ensure that all Ministry employees deliver services to the public as per their job descriptions,” he reiterated.

“Unless otherwise directed by my appointing authority, I shall continue to perform all my duties and responsibilities with zeal and commitment and ensure that all officers in the Ministry of Education perform their duties for the benefit of the Kenyan Child, Parents and all education stakeholders.”

On Friday, PSC Chairperson Stephen Kirogo said Magoha will no longer be in charge of human resource management, a move he said was meant to protect public officers from undignified and unwarranted attacks. 

The role was withdrawn after a video went viral on social media, in which he dressed down a senior county education official in public, even telling him he was “silly and stupid.”

CS Magoha is yet to publicly apologize even after numerous calls for his apology or resignation.