No money will be stolen under my watch, says Magoha

Saturday, August 10th, 2019 00:00 |
Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha. Photo/BERNARD MALONZA

Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha has warned corrupt officials with intentions to squander monies in government agencies under his docket, saying they will face the full wrath of the law.

Magoha said the money will not be stolen under his watch, even as he assured that there are adequate funds to see through Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), a programme he said the government had a clearly defined path of when it decided to launch it.

He said there are funds set aside for various functions to make CBC a reality. He said, for instance, Sh500 million is available to train teachers later this month, towards preparing them for the Grade 4 roll out next year.

The CS further said the government will ensure there is value for money to every learner and dismissed notions advanced that curriculum reforms are a money-minting business of some sorts. 

“Is the money going to be stolen? The answer is no because if I find you stealing government money, it does not matter who you are, you will face the law.

I will find you, no one is doing silent business,” said Magoha on Friday, during the CBC pre-conference on civil society inclusion at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

“If anyone has evidence that any of my people are doing dirty businesses, bring it and you will see what we will do, we need to correct the ills,” he added.

The CS further said the government is spending billions to improve infrastructure for both primary and secondary schools amounting to about Sh6 billion for 30 counties.

He said the money will be used to build as many classes as possible to address overcrowding challenge, which stands at 40 per cent.

The ministry will also receive another tranche of funding in September, which will see at least Sh1.3 billion go to secondary schools and another Sh300 million to primary and was categorical no school will receive development money twice.

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