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New changes in leadership for Ministry of Education

1/5/2010

THERE have been major, if only temporary, changes in the leadership of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones said yesterday that with the recent retirement of Permanent Secretary Anthony Layne and Chief Education Officer (CEO) Dr. Wendy Griffith-Watson, head of the Ministry’s Project Implementation Unit Bruce Alleyne was now acting PS, while deputy Chief Education Officer Laurie King was now acting in that post of CEO.

Additionally, senior education officer Joy Gittens is now one of two acting Deputy Chief Education officers, the other being principal of the Alleyne School Erwin Greaves.

In addition to the retirements of Layne and Griffith-Watson, the personnel changes were necessary following the recent departures of former Deputy Chief Education Officer Dr. Idamay Denny and senior education officer Dr. Sylvia Henry, both of whom have subsequently taken up private sector posts.

The minister wished the new leadership team well, expressing confidence they would be up to the task before them.
“So we have for 2010 at least not unfamiliar faces with the functioning and the work of the Ministry of Education but persons who are in fact taking up relatively new portfolios within the Ministry of Education and persons that I would expect to do a good job in keeping with the normal tenure and performance of the Ministry of Education,” he said.

Jones also addressed speculation about who would be appointed Chief Education Officer, saying the post would be advertised before someone was chosen. There have been reports that current principal of Queen’s College, historian Dr. David Browne was tipped to get that top job.

His response was: “I would expect journalists to have an understanding of how the Public Service Works so don’t call and ask me if the principal of this school is Chief Education Officer when no post has been advertised.”
“There is a vacancy. Until that vacancy is filled there is an acting person based on civil service procedures,” he said.

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