Embrace Teachers and Employ 56,000 More To Fill the Teacher-Student Gap Ratio, Magoha Advises Machogu.
Magoha asserts that the education sector needs leaders who embody the national dream and are determined to see it through to its logical conclusion.
In his advice to the nominated Cabinet Secretary for Education Ezekiel Machogu, Magoha asks him to embrace teachers.
“Teachers dictate both the frequency and quality of service delivery that is relatable to the learner, the parent, the guardian and the community in which the school is located,’’ he stated.
During the first decade of the most recent reform efforts, which spanned from 2013 to 2022, the sector experienced tremendous growth due to an obvious increase in enrollment at all levels of education, and quality improvement projects were piloted and implemented.
Dr. Fred Matiangi left large shoes for Magoha’s successor to fill. Magoha encouraged his successor to be capable of filling those shoes.
Due to their workaholic temperament and numerous innovations, the two CSs traveled across the nation to evaluate schools
The incoming minister must immediately address the discrepancy in teacher recruitment as a first step.
‘‘The Kenya Kwanza Coalition manifesto proposed to invest in employing 56,000 more teachers to fill the prevailing teacher-student ratio gap,’’ he stated.
Magoha said the actual crisis facing schools is the very serious problem of teacher shortages, especially as the changeover period approaches.
‘‘Do not abandon your original plan to respond or engage in political talk and promises. Anchor your actions in solid research data and plans. Remain faithful to the sector strategy and do not fear being sacked or moved,’’ Magoha said.
Magoha added that ministers who wish to live should avoid firefighting, board meetings, and roadside performances.
He asked him to maintain the emphasis on establishing a “routine” in connecting data, practice, and policy to eliminate the need of being authoritative and the urgency associated with issuing roadside declarations.
“There will be a general desire to obtain early achievements for the government. That is why you see my office out there in schools like headless chicken,’’ he said.
Magoha said that assuming a new position may be an exception due to the sector’s evolution, development, and transformation during the past decade.
However, Magoha says that emphasis should be placed on modernized monitoring support and assessment mechanisms for curriculum delivery.