Professor George Magoha asked for forgiveness from any individual who he may have wronged, adding that he would never desire to be the Education CS again.
Magoha spoke on Sunday night, January 3, in an interview with Citizen TV anchor Waihiga Mwaura.
"If I wronged anybody at any time, I want the person to forgive me because it was not intentional. It is only that I want to see results that I can measure. I have only 18 months more (to lead the Education docket)," he said.
The CS has been under fire from a section of parents, teachers and other education stakeholders over wavering decisions on matters education, From school closure to reopening programs and payment of fees.
Education CS George Magoha (left) at Langas Primary School in Uasin Gishu on Friday, November 6, 2020.
Magoha was recently criticised for directing students to learn under trees as a social distance enforcement measure. He was also placed under investigation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission after he insulted an Education Director in November 2019.
The trained surgeon argued that his leadership style had yielded results. At the University of Nairobi, he said he built a tower out of hard work and not smiles. At the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) he also curbed exam cheating.
"I am the most compassionate person in the world because for the issue in Eldoret (where he insulted an Education Director) I questioned whether he had been around the Langas Primary School compound before Covid-19 and there was also proof of litter thrown around the compound). I was fighting for the children and I would do it again.
"My system works, I believe that is why the President hired me and gave me one of the hardest dockets. I may look aggressive but that gets the work done," he defended himself.
Magoha is the fourth Education CS in President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration, with Jacob Kaimenyi (now an ambassador), Fred Matiang'i (Interior CS) and Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Sports CS) having steered the docket before.
On lessons learnt during the Covid-19 pandemic, he said that being rich nor earning a huge salary does not matter in life.
"I have learnt so much. I have learnt that wealth means nothing. Covid-19 should have brought some sanity to the people but they haven't yet learned that. I have seen my colleagues who offer services die without any notice.
"I have seen people who have lived well lose their earnings too. I think the lesson to learn from Covid-19 is life is too simple and short and we have to remember the less fortunate people as we enjoy our own," he urged.
President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation during the National Covid-19 Conference in Nairobi on Monday, September 28, 2020.