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George Magoha: History, Education, Career, Marriage and Family of Former Education CS

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  • The former education cabinet secretary died on Tuesday, January 24 at The Nairobi Hospital
  • Born in 1952, Magoha will be remembered as a great academician who played a key role in the transformation of the education sector in the country
  • On March 1, 2019 former president Uhuru Kenyatta nominated him to serve as the Cabinet Secretary for Education

On Tuesday, January 24, the former education cabinet secretary George Magoha died at The Nairobi Hospital moments after collapsing at his home.

George Magoha speaking at a past function. Photo: Ministry of Education Kenya.
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According to a family friend, the former CS had remission of his death as he was prepared during his last moments.

Education

Born in January 1952, in Kisumu county, the ex-CS began his education at Yala Primary and later to Dr Livingstone Primary School in Makadara, Nairobi.

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Magoha joined Starehe Boys Centre for his O-level education before proceeding to Strathmore for his A-level certificate.

His sterling performance saw him land a scholarship to study at the University of Lagos, Nigeria where studied Human Medicine.

While in Nigeria, he also studied at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital before he later proceeded to specialise as a urologist at the Royall Postgraduate Medical School in the UK.

Magoha also studied at University College Hospital, Ibadan, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland where he earned various academic awards.

Family

The former education CS was married to the gynaecologist, Barbara Odudu of Nigerian origin and they were blessed with one child, Michael Augustus Magoha, who is also a doctor by profession.

Career

Magoha began his teaching career at Lagos University before he joined the University of Nairobi (UON) as a Lecturer in Urological Surgery in 1988.

At UON, the former CS rose through the ranks to become a full Professor of Surgery in 2000.

According to his Curriculum Vitae, Magoha served in various administrative positions at the University rising from Chairman of the Academic Department of Surgery in 1999, Dean of the School of Medicine, Principal of the College of Health Sciences, to Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Administration and Finance to

In January, 2005, Magoha became the first vice-chancellor to competitively appointed to the position after he scored the highest marks during the interviews.

His vast experience saw him elected as the President of the Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA).

He previously also served as the chairman of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB), chairman of the Kenya Association of Urological Surgeons (KAUS) from the year 1997 and President of the Association of African Universities (AAU).

From 2005 to 2013, Magoha served as a commissioner to the Commission of University Education (CUE).

In 2016 he was appointed the chairman of the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) where he served until 2019.

At KNEC he will be remembered for his widespread reforms that almost ended cheating in national examinations.

Magoha is credited for dismantling cartels that had propagated exam cheating for years in the Ministry of Education.

On March 1, 2019, former president Uhuru Kenyatta nominated Magoha to serve as the Cabinet Secretary for Education in the Kenyan Cabinet.

At the Education Ministry, Magoha is remembered for initiating the 100 per cent transition from primary schools to secondary.

Before his death, Magoha had just been appointed as a Professor for Surgery at Maseno University.

Magoha had a premonition of his death

On Tuesday, 24, Magoha passed away at The Nairobi Hospital due to what doctors described as cardiac arrest.

A close family friend disclosed that the late former education cabinet secretary had a premonition of his death and he knew his time to leave this earth had come, his close family friend has disclosed.

Information shared by his friend Walter Mwanda indicated that Magoha told his wife to call their son and daughter-in-law.

“He had a premonition and told his wife I suppose but you will get it from her that his time had come and he was happy everything was done. He then asked the wife to call the son and the daughter in law,” he said.

Source: TUKO.co.ke





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