KIRAGU Magochi has defended his nomination to head the Teachers Service Commission. saying he was competent. Appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Education, Research and Technology, Magochi said he is competent for the job.
"It has been very agonizing for me and my family especially my children. I went through the process after the position was advertised. People unhappy with my nomination have been strategically placed to smear my name before I appear before this committee," he said
President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Magochi as TSC chairperson early this week amid controversy that the most suitable candidate was left out. Magochi allegedly scored the least marks after job interviews while Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Lydia Nzomo scored highly.
In January this year, the National Assembly rejected Magochi's appointment after his name was forwarded for approval despite coming second to Nzomo. Legislators led by then Dagoretti MP Beth Mugo, now a nominated Senator, rejected the name.
Magochi has however, promised to prove his critics wrong if appointed TSC chairman. He told the committee that he will enforce the law, restore credibility in the system and deal with rampant abuse of children by teachers.
"There is a problem with the way the Sexual Offenses Act has been enforced. It is clear that any teacher accused of a sexual offence should be deregistered and punished. As I perform my duties, I will work closely with the police to have law breakers punished," he said.