Keisha Hayle picked for UK award

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Erica Virtue Sun­day Gleaner WRiter erica.virtue@glean­

OUT­STAND­ING JA­MAICAN ed­u­ca­tor Keisha Hayle has been selected among the three re­cip­i­ents of this year’s Ja­maica Ed­u­ca­tion Task Force UK Mer­i­to­ri­ous Award for ed­u­ca­tion.

Hayle, who came to na­tional at­ten­tion for trans­form­ing the St An­drew-based Pad­more Pri­mary School, which was la­belled a fail­ing in­sti­tu­tion, is to travel to the United King­dom to col­lect the award next Satur­day.

Hayle, who lost in her bid to be­come mem­ber of par­lia­ment for St An­drew North West in a by-elec­tion re­cently, told The Sun­day Gleaner that she was selected by the Sey­mour Mat­tis­chaired body based on her work in ed­u­ca­tion.

“They have been fol­low­ing Ja­maica’s progress where ed­u­ca­tion is con­cerned and they de­cided to give me this award, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of what I did at Pad­more Pri­mary,” said Hayle as she ex­pressed pride at be­ing recog­nised.

She said that she did not know how she was selected for the award which recog­nises out­stand­ing per­for­mance in ed­u­ca­tion.

Hayle will travel to the UK on Thurs­day for the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony, where an ed­u­ca­tor from the United King­dom and an­other from the United States will also be awarded.

Ja­maica’s High Com­mis­sioner to the UK Seth Ramo­can, and UK Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Dawn But­ler, are among those slated to be at the awards cer­e­mony.


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