Magoha: I’m not aware of any grievances or strike notice by lecturers

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha says the Ministry of Education is not aware of any looming strike from university lecturers owing to unaddressed grievances.

University lecturers across the country have threatened to go on strike if the government does not pay their dues and address their grievances.

“I don’t remember, as a seating CS who will be going home on Tuesday next week, of any strike notice due to any grievances from the lecturers across the country. I am not aware of any looming strike from university lecturers, when was it announced and what are their complaints,” he said.

While addressing the media at Bukembe SA Secondary School in Bungoma County on Saturday, 10 September, Prof. Magoha added that if there are any issues that affect the lecturers they should raise them and find an amicable way in which the incoming government will help address them.

He said that any pressing issues from the ministry will now be solved and answered by the incoming government under President-elect William Ruto.

Magoha, who this week said he will consider serving in the cabinet if asked by the new government, touted his impact in the sector saying he has tried his best to steer the docket to greater heights.

He further refuted claims that some parents have been expressing fear that their children joining secondary from primary school will be exposed to bullying.

“Even the cohort of children we are having now who are going to seat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, are going to be minors or juniors as they join secondary and aren’t going to be the first,” he said.

During the last exams we had about 30,000 going to high school and they performed better. “So this notion that children are going to boarding school far away is neither here nor there since it’s already happening,” he said.

Magoha was speaking while inspecting the progress of the construction of CBC classes in Bungoma, which he said he was happy with.  “As you are aware, Bungoma has a majority of children and its classes are at 98 percent complete,” he said, adding that the classrooms have been constructed at a cost of KSh. 700,000 each.

National Parents Association (NPA) wants the incoming administration to retain the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, citing his hands-on approach to management.

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