Mau­rice Smith to leave ed­u­ca­tion min­istry

Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGES -

PER­MA­NENT SEC­RE­TARY in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion, Dr Mau­rice Smith, has con­firmed that he will demit of­fice at the end of the month.

In a very guarded in­ter­view with The Gleaner, Smith re­vealed that he has al­ready bid farewell to the staff at the min­istry. He, how­ever, de­clined to pro­vide de­tails on the rea­son for his de­par­ture.

Sources from within the min­istry have said that the or­der for Smith’s sep­a­ra­tion from the post came di­rectly from the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter. Ac­cord­ing to the sources, it was felt that Smith was not do­ing enough to sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter.

The Ful­bright scholar who came to promi­nence when he was ap­pointed prin­ci­pal di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Col­lege for Ed­u­ca­tional Lead­er­ship has been serv­ing as per­ma­nent sec­re­tary for less than a year.

He was ap­pointed to the post in Novem­ber of last year after Elaine Foster-Allen, who was per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in the min­istry at the time, was re­as­signed to the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Ruel Reid has said he will not be com­ment­ing on the mat­ter.

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