By Sarah Omondi
Former Education CS George Albert Omore Magoha has died.
The don died on arrival at Nairobi hospital where he was rushed after collapsing three times at his home. It is said he succumbed after a fourth collapse while being rushed to the casualty.
His death is double tragedy to the family that was planning to lay to rest his younger brother Prof Richard Nyabera who died in US, early last December.
He was set to be buried coming Saturday, January 28, at their Umiru home in Yala, Gem Sub-County.
Late Prof Magoha had in August 2021 lost another brother, Charles Agunga.
The don had just landed a lecturer job at Maseno University’s School of Medicine.
Prof Magoha was appointed to former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet in March 2019 replacing Amb. Amina Mohammed who was then moved to the Sports Ministry.
He had prior to the cabinet appointment served as Chairperson of Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), a position he held from 2016 and had earlier from 2005 to 2015 served as a Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nairobi.
During his tenure, Prof Magoha saw the implementation of 100 percent transition of learners to Secondary school while also overseeing the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).
Prof Magoha attended Dr David Livingstone primary school in Nairobi before later joining Starehe Boys and Strathmore schools for O and A level education respectively.
He graduated with High School Diploma at Strathmore School and got a scholarship to study human medicine at the University of Lagos in Nigeria.
Between 1990s and 2000s, he was appointed Chairperson, Dean and Principal in the College of Health Sciences and later Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Nairobi.
He is survived by his wife Dr Barbra and son Michael Magoha.