Magoha attributes his success to Sarah Ruto.
Prof. George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, has revealed how Dr. Sarah Ruto, a little-known staff member at the ministry, assisted him in achieving milestones during his time at Jogoo House, despite the uncertainties surrounding his future in the Ruto administration.
Magoha, who spoke on Monday, September 19, during the national music festivals in Kisumu County, singled out Ruto as having had a significant role in the success of the Ministry of Education.
According to Magoha, the government employee worked diligently and provided him with daily updates on teachers’ affairs and other ministry-related matters.
Sarah had a good working relationship with Magoha, despite the chief of staff’s admission that most teams had difficulty adapting to his methods.
“When she was appointed as the CAS, everybody knows that I am not easy to work with because I am a kind of a slave driver but Sarah Ruto seems to be smiling all the time and she moved around with me doing other things which if you like you can go to the place and check,’ Magoha remarked.
“The reason I am mentioning her today is that I had assigned her the teacher education docket in the ministry and you can believe that even this morning she was giving me the actual brief,” the CS added.
Magoha requested the incoming administration led by President William Ruto to consider her for a position in the Ministry of Education, citing her professionalism and devotion.
“I hope that the incoming govt will forget politics and perhaps tap her professional experience in teacher education.”
Sarah Ruto’s Profile
Dr. Sarah Ruto has over thirty years of experience in the education sector, having held several positions in education agencies. Ruto was the President of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development before she was nominated to CAS (KICD).
In addition to being a tutor at Kenyatta University, Ruto is well-known for her participation in worldwide large-scale education reform activities.
Among her prominent involvements is the Global Education Monitoring Report of UNESCO, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies (INCLUDE), and the Brookings Millions Advisory Board.
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After the pandemic in 2020, Ruto was appointed chairman of the Education Emergency Response Committee, entrusted with providing a method for the resumption of courses in all higher education institutions.
In the past, Dr. Ruto has also advocated for a competency-based curriculum that has been the subject of discussion.