Kenyan parents want president-elect Willliam Ruto to retain Education CS Prof George Magoha in his Cabinet.
The National Parents Association (NPA) also wants Ruto to keep the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) going.
The parents noted that Magoha’s hands-on approach to management will help streamline some of the CBC hitches. They also want a smooth transition of learners to junior secondary schools, which they believe Magoha is well placed to oversee.
“As parents, we want to congratulate President-elect William Ruto on his election as Kenya’s fifth President … We humbly request him to retain Prof Magoha as Education CS to complete the good work that he is doing to ensure a smooth transition to junior secondary,” said NPA chairman Nicholas Maiyo.
The NPA Chair mentioned that many parents are happy with the work Prof Magoha has done to revamp the Education ministry, especially in streamlining the Kenya National Examinations Council(KNEC).
“We know that it is the mandate of the new government to make its own decision, but it is our hope there will be a smooth transition,” Mr Maiyo said.
“The CS is hands-on and acts on issues raised immediately. He is a good administrator. If it is possible for him to continue working for some time, we have no problem.”
Maiyo said NPA is planning to make a formal appeal on the matter to Ruto once he is sworn in next Tuesday.
He also cautioned the incoming administration against abolishing CBC, seeing as the Kenya Kwanza camp opposed the CBC.
“Many parents, especially those whose children are set to transition from Grade 6 to junior high school, would like the programme to continue as it is, bearing in mind that they have invested heavily in it,” he said.