Many of the staff had not reported to work way past 8am, the official reporting time, when Prof Magoha walked in accompanied by PSs Colleta Suda and Belio Kipsang.
The new CS hit the ground running, outlining his vision for the ministry and warning non-performing staff to either shape up or ship out.
He warned that any ministry official out to derail the government programmes would be fired. Speaking at the early morning meeting at Jogoo House on Thursday, Prof Magoha said he would ensure the new Competency-Based Curriculum is implemented and deliver on free education learning programmes, increased school enrollment and high integrity of national examinations.
“I am asking lazy staff to either shape up or start packing,” he told senior education ministry officials. He issued a stern warning to ministry officials on punctuality. “I am giving all of you a second chance but you must know that you will no longer keep stealing government working hours the way you’ve been doing,” he said. Magoha, who until last week was the chairman of the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) singled out the ministry’s quality assurance and standards directorate, which he criticised for ineptitude in ensuring supervision of all school programmes went on smoothly.
The CS said the directorate must do more to ensure all government resources are properly utilised. He also also singled out the procurement department, saying it must ensure value for money on all government projects.
“If we are purchasing chairs, then they must be of the highest quality,” he said. Outlining his vision for the ministry, the CS said a progress report on the implementation of the new curriculum would be issued at the end of first term to inform its rollout into the the next term.
“In the meantime, I wish to assure the country that the implementation of the new curriculum is firmly on track. Any initial challenges will be addressed with precision to ensure that the education we give our children meets global standards,” he said.
On examinations, the CS promised to step up measures to enhance the integrity of both the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.“Our multi-sectoral team has made a stronger resolve to step up the game in the administration of national examinations,” he said. The team, he said, would increase surveillance on examination cartels. He promised to introduce new measures in examination administration and address cases of indiscipline in schools.