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  • Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval Williams, commended the members for organising themselves to be more effective in the way they carry out their responsibilities.     
  • She pointed out that those at the helm of organisations know that without reliable support staff, “we are unable to function effectively, so it is a symbiotic relationship that results in a more orderly and well-run society”.
  • She encouraged the JASSS members to continue to seek out opportunities for personal professional development, noting that the theme, ‘Securing the Future of Education by Investing in the Present’, should, therefore, be seen as not just being applicable to the education system as a whole but should serve as a personal motivation for self-improvement as well.

The Jamaica Association of Secretaries of Secondary Schools (JASSS) was virtually launched today, July 16, under the theme ‘Securing the Future of Education by Investing in the Present’.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval Williams, commended the members for organising themselves to be more effective in the way they carry out their responsibilities.

The Minister’s message was read by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Grace McLean.

“The imperative of any organisation having efficient and effective administrative support staff cannot be overstated,” she said.

Mrs. Williams said she welcomed this as a very important move within the context of the stated mission of the JASSS, to be an effective, efficient, and respected secretaries’ association, one that provides opportunities for training, collaboration, and mentorship to its members.

She pointed out that those at the helm of organisations know that without reliable support staff, “we are unable to function effectively, so it is a symbiotic relationship that results in a more orderly and well-run society”.

“From the perspective of the Ministry, your members are often the first point of contact for the dissemination of key information to all staff in public educational institutions, to the school system in general, and in helping in the monitoring and delivery of services to ensure compliance and consistency,” she added.

The Minister pointed out that in many respects the school secretary is like a gatekeeper, responsible for maintaining an orderly work environment that serves the school administration, teaching staff, and students.

She encouraged the JASSS members to continue to seek out opportunities for personal professional development, noting that the theme, ‘Securing the Future of Education by Investing in the Present’, should, therefore, be seen as not just being applicable to the education system as a whole but should serve as a personal motivation for self-improvement as well.

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