JIS News

Minister of State for Education, Youth and Culture, Senator Noel Montieth has said that current efforts to transform the education sector, were aimed at creating a world-class system to enable citizens to compete at a global level.
Senator Montieth, who was delivering the main address at a function held at the Robins Bay Resort in St. Mary recently, to honour eight Ministry of Education retirees, told the audience that there was “great need” to revolutionize the sector for the country to successfully confront the challenges with which it was faced.
He said that Jamaicans should welcome the findings of the National Task Force on Education and to work with the Transformation Team to ensure that the process of change was carried out smoothly.
The retirees, who worked at the Ministry’s regional office in Port Antonio, were honoured for service totalling 240 years in various capacities. They are: Barbara Brissett, Leonie Clarke, Cynthia Dennis, Leonie Dennis, Gerolene McKenzie, Lorenzo Bogle, Lorenzo McNaught and George Martin.
The function was attended by members of the teaching fraternity in Portland, St. Thomas and St. Mary, and relatives and friends of the honourees.
Mr. Montieth congratulating the retirees for their years of exemplary service to the country and commended the region two office for organizing the function.
Other speakers at the function were Custos of St. Mary A.A. “Bobby” Pottinger; Vilma Lawes Munroe, Regional Officer for the North Eastern Region of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA); and Morris Stewart, President of the Jamaica Association of Education Officers, all of whom congratulated the honourees for their service to the country.
Responding on behalf of the honourees, Mr. McNaught thanked the organizers of the function for the kind gesture they had displayed in formally recognizing their service, and gave the assurance that they would continue to serve the country in whatever way they could.