How Magoha made his way to the top

How Magoha made his way to the top

With nearly few days left before the end of his tenure at the helm of Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), Geoge Magoha’s star is shining brighter, with the latest appointment as the Cabinet Secretary to the Ministry of Education.

Prof. Magoha who is an alumnus of DR Livingstone Primary School and Starehe Boys Centre and School graduated from Strathmore College and University of Lagos, Nigeria with a Bachelors Degree in Medicine.

His journey to greatness began as an intern and rose to senior resident and clinical lecturer in surgery at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital before joining the University of Nairobi in 1988, where he became a full professor in 2000.

Magoha’s 91-page CV paints a picture of a man with firm roots in the education sector, with zeal and gusto of handling tasks and responsibility in a strict and professional manner.

At The University of Nairobi where he served as the Vice-Chancellor, he was nicknamed a “Buffalo” because of his boldness in taking head-on anyone who rubbed him the wrong way.

He prides himself of many achievements including the first vice-chancellor to be appointed competitively, and whose leadership oversaw the completion of the construction of 22 storey university towers to 80 per cent.During his tenure, student riots that had become a norm at Kenya’s first university were quelled down.

His boldness, strict and no-nonsense character saw him appointed as the KNEC chair with direct responsibility of cleaning the mess and restoring sanity at the body accused of failing to tame exam irregularities.

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