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Former Education CS Prof. Magoha Passes On

Former Education Cabinet Secretary Prof.  George Albert Omore Magoha is dead.

The career tutor and professor of surgery was pronounced dead at the Nairobi Hospital’s Doctor’s Plaza after he reportedly collapsed at his house this evening.

He leaves behind his wife Dr. Barbara Magoha and his son Dr. Micheal Magoha who was among the first medics at the scene and managed to resuscitate him back to life before he finally collapsed to his death.

Nairobi Hospital Chief Executive Officer James Nyamongo, said the late Prof. Magoha collapsed at home and was rushed to the facility but efforts to save him were futile.

“It is with great regret that we announce the sudden and timely demise of Prof. George Magoha, this evening at The Nairobi Hospital,” the statement read in part.

The body of the former Education boss was moved to the Lee Funeral Home.

The late don was instrumental in the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and was credited for radical transformation while at the helm of the education docket that saw the perennial cheating during national examination was contained to negligible levels.

The 71 year old don who had specialized in urology was until his demise the professor of surgery in the school of medicine at Maseno University after serving in the cabinet of President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.

He was born in 1952 and did his  primary education in Siaya County before proceeding for his secondary education at Starehe Boys Centre and Strathmore college before he enrolled for medicine at the university of Lagos.

He undertook further studies in surgery and urology at Lagos University Teaching Hospital and later at the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin, Ireland and Royal Postgraduate Medical School Hammersmith Hospital, London, Department of Urology.

Prof. Magoha served in various capacities in Lagos before he jetted back into the country and joined the University of Nairobi as a lecturer in Urological Surgery in 1988 where he was admitted as a full Professor of Surgery in 2000.

The former CS will be remembered for many reforms he brought to the Education sector, including curbing exams malpractices and addressing indiscipline in schools which have been affecting the sector.

During his reign, Education boss, also enhanced quick marking of national examinations-the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and ensuring smooth implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).

He was succeeded by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu who was named after Kenya Kwanza took the reins of power after the August 9 polls.

By Ian Chepkuto


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