The Prime Minister made the visit after he directed that the Office of the Prime Minister assume temporary oversight of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.
Prime Minister Holness focused on the administration, service delivery, policy direction and management of the Ministry.
He noted that his role is to ensure that the Ministry is properly missioned with policy directives and that the system is working efficiently in the interest of the people of Jamaica.
“The strategy that I have put in place is to bring the Ministry under the Office of the Prime Minister (temporarily) under my direct supervision. I go through all the Boards, speak to all the Board Chairpersons and Board members, to understand from them the mission that they were given and to see how we can improve that mission," He continued.
"We then focus on governance to make sure that the way in which the public body or the department, or agency is run aligns with our national governance standards. If I find any weaknesses then, working with the Permanent Secretaries or any other Executive Officer, we put in place the necessary programmes or if it becomes necessary, have the Boards changed,” said Prime Minister Holness.
“From a broad policy level, there always were questions about the effectiveness of, for example, the National Education Transformation. We’ve gone more than ten (10) years since transformation. We want to know whether that massive investment that was made; we’re getting results now. This is an opportunity to, if necessary, have a recommitment – a national recommitment towards education,” stated Prime Minister Holness.
Minister Without Portfolio, Karl Samuda has been assigned responsibility of the Education Ministry as the administration and governance reviews take place.
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