Prof Fatuma Nyaguthii Chege was on Tuesday nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta for the position of Principal Secretary for the newly created State Department for Implementation of Curriculum Reforms under the Ministry of Education.
National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi, announced he received the President’s communication, which also asked her vetting and subsequent approval.
“The President, having exercised his powers under Article 155(3)(a) of the Constitution, is now seeking the approval of the National Assembly on the appointment of Prof Chege as a Principal Secretary for the aforementioned State Department,” said Muturi.
According to the provisions of the law and of Standing Order 42 relating to appointment, Muturi referred the message, together with Prof Chege’s Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the Departmental Committee on Education and Research. He informed the committee to undertake the necessary approval hearings.
“The Committee should notify the nominee and the public of the time and place for holding the approval hearings in good time, and upon conclusion of the hearings, table their Report in the House by April 15 to enable the House to consider the matter within stipulated timelines,” said Muturi.
This means lawmakers will vet President Kenyatta’s nominee for Principal Secretary (PS), State Department for Implementation of Curriculum reforms Prof Fatuma Chege.
Prof Chege headed the task force on the transition from the 8-4-4 to the 2-6-3-3 education system. Under the 2-6-3-3 system introduced with the competency-based curriculum, learners spend two years in pre-primary, six years in primary, three years in junior secondary, and another three
years in senior secondary school.
Fatuma is expected to lead in reforms in the new Curriculum which is marred with challenges.