“Today, I choose to live with gratitude and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.”

Introduction & Acknowledgements

Madam Speaker, as I rise to make my contribution to the Sectoral Debates of the 2022/2023 Financial Year, I do so with a sense of gratitude knowing that I have been granted this privilege to play a part in the continuing transformation of the education system for the betterment of the children and youth of our nation.

First, Madam Speaker, I do not take lightly the opportunity to say ‘thank you” to family (my husband and our two daughters and the multitude of siblings and relatives) who are never tired of providing support and encouragement for me, rain or shine.

Madam Speaker, I acknowledge with deep appreciation the support of the Prime Minister for his trust and confidence in allowing me to lead this important Ministry. Its work is fundamental to the progress which we will make as a nation.

I am even more committed today than that first day when I responded to the call to enter representational politics and am determined to ensure that all of our students, not just some, are on the path of academic excellence and economic prosperity.

Madam Speaker, I also take this opportunity to thank my management team, the worker core, my support staff and the people of St. Andrew Eastern for their confidence and continued support over the past year as we navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you.

Thank you to Ministry of Education and Youth (MoEY)

Let me also say thank you to the MoEY. The past 18 months have been unlike anything we have seen before as we lived with the Covid-19 virus. It is not easy to provide service for approximately 40,000 employees while seeing to the imperatives of our students. The efforts of the Permanent Secretary (PS), Chief Education Officer (CEO), Deputy CEOs, Regional Directors (RDs), Senior Education Officers (SEOs), Education Officers (EOs), school boards, principals, administrators, the work of the central ministry and its regions 4 and agencies, kept the majority of students learning, teachers teaching and the apparatus of education going during the pandemic. Collectively, you continue to work for the good of our children. As we continue to streamline and create operational efficiencies, the work you do will shine through. Thank you.

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