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Education sector crying out for fresh, future-looking leadership

Basic education is at the crossroads, the subsector now needs strong, effective and visionary leadership that would guide education managers, policy developers, learners, parents, teachers and their employer towards common objectives and goals.

It is for this reason, as well as Kenya’s failure to meet Education For All (EFA) goals and the 2013/2018 National Education Sector Plan targets, that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor will be faced with a herculean task to steer basic education reforms, including the attainment of Education 2030 Agenda To bring matters into context, the new president will be obligated to appoint an Education Cabinet Secretary who has clear idea of how the future of Kenyan education should look - affordable, inclusive and equitable education.

The next president, arguably, will be expected to pick an Education minister of the late George Saitoti’s calibre and professional status one who will steer the country’s education to desirable qualities and enviable standards.

It should be recalled that Prof Saitoti, with an accomplished scholarly background, served as Minister for Finance and Vice President during President Moi’s regime. Kibaki identified him as “Mr Fix It” in the turbulent Education sector. He displayed effective leadership. Free Primary Education was smoothly rolled out, and Kenya Education Sector Support Programme developed and effectively implemented, courtesy of Saitoti’s strategic leadership. Effective audit of school funds was undertaken, and implementation of the remaining four phases of teachers’ salaries was achieved under Saitoti’s watch. Indeed, he was a hands on minister.

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