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Education (Amdt.) (No. 2) Bill

Tuesday, May 02, 2000


have gone around them. I am wondering where are the school supervisors who would normally relate to things. There is no place in this where I am reading anything about school supervisors and I get worried as to what has happened to the school supervisors now. Have we bypassed them and all the Minutes, reviews and everything will now go to the Permanent Secretary?

What is the Permanent Secretary doing with all those things at the end of the day? He could scarcely handle what he has to do now to get all these Minutes and reviews every month and all the paperwork coming there. It is a little more difficult, because previously there used to be the school supervisors helping in terms of trying their best to see what they could with the Ministry to get things for the schools in the areas. Now that has gone on. The board is working and everything now goes to the Permanent Secretary. Therefore, I am seeing that he/she is being bypassed. I am not surprised because sometimes we forget the functions of these people. School supervisors are very important people.

I remember standing here talking about something on education recently, before the hon. Minister was here. That day when I spoke, I said: “By Friday the Chief Education Officer would be out of office, and we will have no Chief Education Officer in Trinidad, because no appointment was made.” That was months ago. I am happy to announce none has been made up till now. [Interruption]

Mrs. Persad-Bissessar: As far as I am aware there is a person who is in the post of Chief Education Officer. As long as the Chief Education Officer—just as when a Senator leaves the House, whether the Senator is ill, goes abroad, resigns or retires, there is a person in the office—

Sen. Shabazz: To act.

Mrs. Persad-Bissessar:—to act. It is not that there is no person in that office. I think it is misleading to say that there is no one. There is someone, her name is Dr. Janet Stanley Marcano. Therefore, we have to await the paperwork through the Service Commissions. It is not the Ministry of Education who creates an appointment. We can recommend people for acting. But those positions, which you may well know, are done by an independent service commission, over which we have no control. It is totally misleading, in my respectful view, to say there is no one in the post.

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