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The Ministry of Education is pleased to advise that following a rigorous interview and selection process, Mrs. Grace McLean, Deputy Chief Education Officer for Schools’ Operations, has been selected to assume the post of Chief Education Officer effective November 9, 2009.
Her proven track record in Educational Leadership and Management has prepared her to take on this new role.
Mrs. McLean joins the Ministry of Education as it enters a new phase of the Education Transformation Process focussing on the modernisation of the Ministry. One of the areas of focus for the Modernisation will be the establishment of Regional Education Agencies of which she will be playing an integral role.
A trained teacher and Human Resource practitioner, Mrs. McLean is no stranger to the education sector. She taught at the St Jago High School for five years where she served as Head of the Home Economics Department. She is also no stranger to the Ministry as she has had a distinguished career at the HEART Trust/NTA ( an agency of the Ministry of Education) for over fourteen (14) years where her final position was Senior Programmes Director.
Mrs. Grace McLean is presently pursuing a Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences – with the University of Leicester – United Kingdom, focusing on Productivity Improvement in the Public Sector. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Human Resource Management) from the University of the West Indies and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (Home Economics) from the University of Technology. She has pursued a post-graduate leadership and educational administration course in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of Development and the Vocational Training Development Institute.
Her wealth of experience and technical skills which include Strategic Planning, Log Frame Planning and Balance Scorecard Methodologies, Change Management, Business Process Improvement as well as Behavioural Interviewing Techniques have assisted in preparing her for this post.
Mrs. McLean’s achievements span the gamut of: Values Icon of the HEART Trust NTA for 2007; She was Runner-up Boss of the Year (HEART Trust/NTA) 1998 and 1999. Her other achievements include the manager of the HEART Trust/NTA netball team and the Chairman of the Board for the Norman Gardens Primary and Junior High School.
Mrs. Mclean is currently the Technical Delegate to WorldSkills International for Jamaica, a position she has held since 2004. She has been instrumental in building the WorldSkills Jamaica programme and has successfully worked with the team that won the bid over Singapore in 2007 to stage the WorldSkills International General Assembly, an event that will take place in Jamaica in October 2010. She has also visited several countries around the world and participated in several study tours to examine various education systems.
Deputy Chief Education Officer – Schools’ Operations
The Ministry is pleased to welcome Mr. Clement Radcliffe O.D., Principal of Glenmuir High School, to the post of Deputy Chief Education Officer, Schools’ Operations effective January 4, 2010.
Mr. Radcliffe brings to the post a wealth of experience in schools’ operation and leadership in civic society. He became principal of Glenmuir High School in Clarendon in 1982. During his tenure he was lauded for his work in education, sports, community relations and youth development.
He holds a Masters Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree with first class honours from the University of the West Indies and a Diploma in Education also from the UWI.
In 2006, he was recognised by the Government of Jamaica for his service to Education when he received the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation. Also in that year he was awarded the Order of Distinction, Officer Class, for outstanding Service to Youth, Culture and Sports. Prior to this, Mr. Radcliffe received the Jamalco Teacher of the year award in 1994, the Boss of the Year award for Clarendon in 1998, and the Lasco Teacher’s Award, also in 1998.
As an educator and avid sportsman, he has represented his country on numerous Boards and Committees. These include the Advisory Committee of the National Development Foundation, the Inter Secondary School Sports Association, and the Overseas Examinations Committee. He’s been coordinator of Jamaica’s involvement in the Penn Relays since 1982.
Mr. Radcliffe is also a Justice of the Peace, and a devout Anglican. He is married to Carmen for thirty-three (33) years. They have two daughters, Trudy-Ann and Petagaye

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