A number of staffers in the Ministry of Education are breathing a sigh of relief with the promotion of Chief Education Officer (CEO), Elvis Morain to the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture.
THE NEW TODAY understands that there has been resistance to Morain’s handling of the CEO post since his appointment with some staff members accusing him of not having the right temperament for the job.
Morain is viewed in some circles as a close ally to the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Speculation is rife that President of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), Lyden Lewis was tipped to take over as CEO from the departing Morain.
However, when contacted on Wednesday, Lewis denied that any such offer was made to him and that he has a contract to remain at the helm of GUT until 2019.
“As far as I know, there has been no offer, no communication, there has been no application for any job within the Ministry of Education or anywhere else. As far as I know I was elected by the members of the GUT to serve as President General and from where I sit as President, I would remain as President General until the end of my tenure which is in 2019…”, he said.
“Contrary to a few political pundits out there who have been trying to figure out if I will be leaving for any other appointments, this is not true – whether within the Ministry of Education or otherwise and so my tenure as President General of the GUT continues and there is no truth to any story that involves me moving to the Ministry of Education at this present time. At this present time, I know of no such movement,” he added.
This newspaper understands from reliable sources that former calypso monarch, Finley “Scholar” Jeffrey, who is currently serving as 2nd Vice President of GUT, has been promoted from an assignment in the Department of Public Administration (DPA) to become the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education.
Jeffrey is replacing Aaron Francois who is being transferred to the post of Permanent Secretary 1in the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Co-operatives and CARICOM Affairs headed by St. David Member of Parliament, Oliver Joseph.
The new changes among Permanent Secretaries are due to take effect on Monday.