In the cabinet changes made by the president last week on Wednesday , the removal of Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang from the Education Ministry caught the attention of many.
While his performance in the ministry was exemplary, Daily Press has learnt that a number of factors led to his removal from the highly publicized education Ministry to a less attractive Regional and Northern Corridor Development Ministry in the same capacity.
It now appears that the Former Education PS and the Minister of Education Prof George Magoha have been having a strained relationship that led to the changes.
According to a report that appeared on People Daily, the report reveals that while Belio’s transfer may appear normal, last year’s incident that saw Public Service Commission (PSC), strip CS George Magoha of his human resources management powers, after Magoha was captured on camera reprimanding Uasin Gishu Education Director Gitonga Mbaka, informed the move that also affected other PSs.
Following the incident, PSC chairman Stephen Kirogo, in a circular addressed to chairpersons of public university councils and copied to Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, designated Dr. Belio Kipsang, to be in charge of human resource matters in the ministry.
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From the incident, the source reveals that working relationship between the PS Belio Kipsang and the Education CS deteriorated.
The president then used this opportunity to make the changes in his cabinet that also affected other ministries.
Dr. Belio was then moved to the Ministry of Regional and Northern Corridor Development and in his place Dr Julius Jwan was appointed as the new Education PS.
Before his appointment to the Ministry of Education, Dr. Julius Jwan was Vocational and Technical Training PS which has since been taken over by Dr Mwakima
The other major changes at the Ministry of Education saw President Kenyatta bring in a team that was instrumental in the roll-out of the Competency Based Curriculum.
They include Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) Council chairperson Dr. Sara Ruto appointed the new CAS in the Ministry of Education replacing Zack Kinuthia who has been moved to the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage.
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