You are lazy, Magoha tells ministry staff and vows to take action
SEE ALSO :KCSE results out today“The team spirit is not there at all. We are not working and let us not pretend. We are not even at 10 per cent,” said Magoha. The CS said most of his staff draw monthly salaries while some collect money from stakeholders with little to show for it. “I feel bad if my officers collect money from people to do certain things which they do not even deliver,” he said. The CS singled out quality assurance staff whom he said were in their comfort zone. “I took personal responsibility for the recent death of children in school. I am not prepared to do that again because someone has refused to do work that they were employed to do,” said Magoha.
No licencesThe CS said he was shocked to learn that some 3,000 public schools are operating without licences. “If you do not inspect schools for six months, you are a complete thief because you have been paid for doing nothing,” said Magoha. He read the riot act to his staff during the launch of the Sessional Paper No. 1 of 2019 and the 2018-2022 National Education Sector Strategic Plan (NESSP) at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
SEE ALSO :Ten Prof Magoha KCSE quotesRegional directors of education, county directors of education, chief executive officers of the various Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies (SAGAs) under his ministry were present. Magoha said it was pointless to have well-prepared documents which cannot be implemented. “These documents are good but I am more worried about the bodies that will implement them,” said Magoha. The tough-talking Magoha also accused some of his staff of fighting over seniority and job titles. “Let us not argue about who is senior. Some senior officers here give instructions to their juniors saying they are the directors and cannot visit schools… You cannot give orders when sitting in the office,” said Magoha.
Effective alignmentThe report, however, says that the programmes outlined in the governance and accountability section of the document are expected to deal with the challenges. “For effective alignment and delivery, this plan has proposed the creation of the NESSP Co-ordination Unit, which will take the form of a multi-agency secretariat, to spearhead the implementation of this plan,” reads the report. It says that the NESSP Co-ordination Unit will be accountable to the principal secretaries of the four State departments, who will report regularly to the CS on progress, according to the NESSP Results Framework and the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.
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