Minister of State for Education, Senator Simon Stiell has been promoted to the post of Minister of Education in a mini-Cabinet reshuffle announced to the nation last Wednesday night by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Sen. Stiell, widely regarded as one of the favourites of the Prime Minister within the ruling New National Party (NNP) administration is taking over from senior minister Anthony Boatswain who has been switched to the Ministry of Youth & Sports.
Boatswain is the replacement for the retiring Roland Bhola who is quitting elective politics to concentrate on his position as General Secretary of NNP and National Campaign Manager of the ruling party for the upcoming general election.
Bhola’s replacement as NNP Caretaker in his rural St. Andrew North-east constituency, school teacher Kate Lewis, is being brought into the government to serve as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education.
Following are excerpts from the address of PM Mitchell in which he announced the Cabinet changes:
“We are confident that the next generation of Grenadian leadership is beginning to emerge under our guidance and influence.
Previously, we spoke about the pending retirements as MPs of brothers Elvin Nimrod and Roland Bhola.
Senator Brenda Hood as well, who has been a true and faithful servant of the party and the Grenadian people, and who has served as MP and Senator, is also retiring from Parliament.
This has been on the cards for the last several months — and her final task was to see through the recent carnival season, as the Minister for Culture.
She will continue to lend her services as an Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Honourable Clarice Modeste.
In the context of renewal, she is being replaced in the immediate period as a Senator by Kate Lewis – a 35 year old now former teacher of St. Joseph’s Convent, St. Andrew’s, and who hails from Paradise, St Andrew’s. She has a track record of hard work, dedication to the youth, community service and academic excellence.
Lewis has been an educator throughout her adult life, and her time has now come for full national service.
Lewis will be the new Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry for Education and Human Resource Development.
In this context Senator Simon Stiell will be elevated to be the full Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, while the portfolio for Environment will be diverted back to its original place under the Ministry for Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, under the leadership of Honourable Yolande Bain-Horsford.
With Honorable Bhola now moving out of representative politics and transitioning to lead the work of the New National Party– he will no longer be in the Ministry of Sports.
Minister Anthony Boatswain will therefore take over his portfolio as Minister for Sport – and he will continue to be assisted by Senator Pamela Moses, the Minister for Youth. The Ministry for Religious Affairs therefore, will now be under the Prime Minister’s Ministry.
Minister Oliver Joseph will also be modifying his ministerial portfolio in order to have more of a presence in his constituency of St. David’s—one of the largest and most demanding constituencies. He will retain his Government portfolio as Minister for Labour, while Cooperatives will now revert to him as well.
With a new and expanded administrative team and encouraging young leadership in the Ministry of Finance, the work of Economic Development is being consolidated within the department under my watch as the overall Minister for Finance and Economic Development.
As has been evident in the recent period – and as will become increasingly more evident in the coming period – we are beginning to engage more youth and more women in the leadership of the country.
The likes of Pamela Moses, Kate Lewis, and our sister Kindra Mathurine-Stewart are current evidence of this.
The young and vibrant Mrs. Kindra Mathurine-Stewart will lend her services as the Advisor to the Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs”.