CS George Magoha came out to ask for forgiveness from any individual he may have wronged, adding he would never wish to be Cabinet Secretary for Education again.
Speaking in an interview with Citizen TV on Sunday night, the CS said he had not intended to offend anybody while serving as the Education CS but only intended to achieve measurable results.
“If I wronged anybody at any time, I want the person to forgive me because it was not intentional. It is only that I want to see results that I can measure. I have only 18 months more (to lead the Education docket),” Professor Magoha said.
Of late, the CS has been under criticism from a section of parents, teachers, and other education stakeholders over wavering decisions on education matters including schools reopening and fee payments.
CS Magoha has been criticized for directing learners to attend their classes under trees as a social distance enforcement measure.
He has also been under investigation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission after he insulted an Education Director in November last year.
The CS noted that his leadership style has yield results. He pointed out that during his tenure at the University of Nairobi, he built a tower out of hard work and not smile while at the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) he also curbed exam cheating.
“I am the most compassionate person in the world because for the issue in Eldoret (where he insulted an Education Director) I questioned whether he had been around the Langas Primary School compound before Covid-19 and there was also proof of litter thrown around the compound). I was fighting for the children and I would do it again.”
“My system works, I believe that is why the President hired me and gave me one of the hardest dockets. I may look aggressive but that gets the work done,” he said.
On lesson learned during the Covid-19 pandemic, CS Magiha noted that being rich nor earning a huge salary does not matter in life.
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“I have learned that wealth means nothing. Covid-19 should have brought some sanity to the people but they haven’t yet learned that. I have seen my colleagues who offer services die without any notice.
“I have seen people who have lived well lose their earnings too. I think the lesson to learn from Covid-19 is life is too simple and short and we have to remember the less fortunate people as we enjoy our own,” Professor Magoha said in an interview with Citizen TV anchor Waihiga Mwaura.