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### Implementing Education Reforms: Gachagua Tasks Education Ministry with Setting Up Technical Team

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 27 – Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has urged the Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to form a specialized team to oversee the execution of the proposals put forth by the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform.

In a meeting held at his Official Residence in Karen, Nairobi, Deputy President Rigathi emphasized the importance of a collaborative approach between the Ministry of Education and TSC, highlighting that their independent efforts could be counterproductive.

He stressed the necessity of a unified strategy that takes into account the unique roles and requirements of both entities and other relevant stakeholders.

Asserting the need for cohesion, Deputy President Gachagua stated, “We are a unified nation with a common goal for our children’s education. It is imperative to establish a task force to spearhead this initiative.”

Despite the distinct constitutional positions of TSC as an independent commission and the Ministry of Education falling under the Executive branch, Deputy President Rigathi underscored the significance of their synergy.

He reiterated, “President William Ruto commissioned the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform, whose recommendations he endorsed. It is crucial that we collaborate on the implementation. Operating in silos will not serve the purpose of these reforms.”

The Deputy President highlighted the public’s anticipation for these reforms, emphasizing the sector’s critical role in the country’s development, as evidenced by the substantial budget allocation to education.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu affirmed the Ministry’s readiness to cooperate with TSC in driving reforms aligned with the nation’s developmental needs.

“We function as a unified educational sector. Effective reform necessitates coordination, hence the need for a specialized team,” mentioned Mr. Machogu.

He further explained that such collaboration would expedite procedural requirements, including Cabinet submissions and essential documents like sessional papers that demand mutual agreement.

TSC Chairperson Jamleck Muturi expressed agreement with the Deputy President and the Cabinet Secretary’s proposal, emphasizing the importance of a specialized team in streamlining the implementation process.

Following the discussions, it was decided that the composition of the technical team would be finalized within a week, with immediate commencement of their duties.

Upon assuming office, President William Ruto initiated the Presidential Working Party on Education Reform, which issued recommendations following extensive consultations with key stakeholders. The President affirmed his commitment to executing these recommendations to enhance the Education Sector in support of national development.

The meeting was attended by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang, TSC Chairperson Dr. Jamleck Muturi, and TSC CEO Nancy Macharia.

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