Why George Magoha is the Real ‘MVP’ of bringing back sanity in our National Exams


By Jectone Oyoo,

December 21, 2017,

On March 24, 2016, KNEC was disbanded amid widespread examination cheating incidences in both primary and secondary schools. The CS for education Dr.Matiangi knew the task ahead was a steep climb and so he made a decision to appoint Prof.George Magoha, who had finished his term as the Vice Chancellor for Nairobi University— a position he held for 10 years with a lot of accomplishments. He replaced Mr. Joseph Kivilu who was viewed as compromised and part of the problem at the national examination council.

Prof. Magoha is an accomplished urologist. He is also a world-renowned scholar. Born in Yala, he undertook his primary education in Yala and Nairobi and proceeded to Starehe Boys Center and Strathmore for high school education. He studied Medicine at the University of Lagos, in Nigeria and furthered his education in urology at Lagos University Hospital before proceeding to the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland and Royal Postgraduate medical school Hammersmith Hospital, London, Department of Urology.  He also learned management at Stanford University, the graduate school of business. The professor has published more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and won many local and International awards.

During his reign as the Vice Chancellor Nairobi University—the Kenya’s premier institution of higher learning rose to international repute improving steadily on University rankings. He is remembered for many infrastructural and institutional improvements at the University.

Many can agree that competent leadership was the missing link in the examination body. If there is anything that Matiangi did right was head hunting Prof. George. O. Magoha, MBS, EBS for this important position. Magoha deserves accolades from all Kenyans of goodwill for a job well done.

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