Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has said that the leader who will take over after President Uhuru Kenyatta should not interfere with smooth running of education programmes.
Speaking at Kamahuha Girls Secondary school in Murang’a on Monday, Magoha stressed that as a civil servant he will not allow anyone to interfere with the education calendar where national exams are expected to be done in December.
“As civil servants we are mandated to ensure continuation of government programmes and we appeal for those who will take over after President Kenyatta term ends to ensure the already existing programmes go on without interference,” he added.
Magoha said the academic dates are well slated and whoever will take the leadership of the country should support smooth running of the education of children.
“We are heading to a transition period in our country and politicians are politicians, one can come up with his or her own views which may disrupt the education of our children,” the CS said.
The CS who was inspecting construction of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms further observed that examinations for grade six, class eight and form four which will be conducted in December, will be ready by end of February.
“Politics should not be allowed to interfere with administration of December exams as by next year, the academic calendar will go back to the dates it used to be before the country was hit by Covid-19 pandemic,” he further added.
He asked candidates who are waiting for national exams from March this year not to be scared as the ministry has taken consideration of constricted academic timelines.
“We are very much aware of the constricted time during this academic year so marking of the exams will be fair. Candidates should not worry but take the exams with confidence,” noted the CS.
Meanwhile, Prof Magoha stated that construction of CBC classrooms is going on well and that phase one of the construction should be completed by March 1.
“Some classrooms are already at painting stage and I appeal to contractors to complete the works before March 1 so that we can embark on phase two which will start in April and end in June,” he averred.
In Murang’a County the government is constructing 345 classrooms which will host junior secondary schools with Magoha saying the construction works have been awarded to contractors.