The Kenyan nation has been hit once again by the death of one of the greatest professors in the country and a former Cabinet Secretary of Education, Prof. George Albert Omore Magoha. The former Cabinet Secretary of Education was pronounced dead by his family members and his doctors at the Nairobi Hospital in Kenya.
This comes after his family revealed that he got a heart attack that was caused by the death of his younger brother, Richard Alex Nyabera Magoha, who passed away in the United States in December last year.
Prof. George Albert Omore Magoha, who worked for three years during the rule of the previous government and former President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, was born in 1952 in Kisumu and attended different schools, including the Royal College of Surgeons, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, and Royal Post Graduate Medical School, among others.
Magoha, who was a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, also served as a university vice-chancellor until his death. He will be remembered as a part of the team that brought about a Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) to the Kenyan education system.
He joins the list of some prominent Kenyan politicians who have died in the last 10 years, and their deaths have shocked Kenyans. These deaths include those of the former Vice President and Minister of Education, Professor George Saitoti (2012), and the former Cabinet Secretary for Interior Defence, Joseph Nkaisery (2017) among other ministers.
Government officials, including President William Ruto, have sent their condolences to the family of Professor Magoha, citing that they will help the family to pay last respects to Professor Magoha in the right way.
Mr. Magoha will not only be remembered for his time as a lecturer but also for his will and determination to transform the Kenyan education system, which saw the curriculum transform under him. He will be remembered for advocating for the hiring of teachers who were capable of ensuring that Kenyan students received the best education possible.
The body of Magoha is laid at the Lee funeral home, waiting for his burial, which is set to be on February 11, 2023.
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