Tag: Christen Suckoo

Ed ministry chief moves to OfReg

Ed ministry chief moves to OfReg

| 24/08/2018 | 86 Comments

(CNS): The government has added a new senior position to the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) and is transferring the chief officer of the education ministry, Christen Suckoo, to the new post. OfReg already has a number of top officials covering the various parts within its ambit, such as ICT, fuel, electricity and water, […]

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Ed ministry in legal fight with rejected local applicant

Ed ministry in legal fight with rejected local applicant

| 26/02/2018 | 157 Comments

(CNS): The education ministry is pursuing a judicial review of a Civil Service Appeals Commission (CSAC) decision after it found in favour of a Caymanian candidate who claimed she was wrongfully rejected for the post of HR director in that ministry as a result of discrimination. The issue has caused concern for back-bench MLA Bernie […]

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JGHS goes back to drawing board

JGHS goes back to drawing board

| 12/10/2017 | 42 Comments

(CNS): The Ministry of Education has signed a contract with local consultants for an outline business case, this time for the John Gray High School facility, effectively taking the project back to the drawing board. Contractors originally broke ground almost a decade ago on the project after a government contract was awarded to Tom Jones […]

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$8.8M price tag revealed for school gym

$8.8M price tag revealed for school gym

| 16/05/2017 | 113 Comments

(CNS): The new John Gray High School (JGHS) gymnasium cost government CI$8.8 million, government has finally confirmed. The new 34,442 sq.ft. facility, reportedly finished  on time and under budget, has been handed over to education officials in time for the Year 10 and Year 11 external exams. The completion of the multi-purpose hall ahead of other […]

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Education chief highlights challenges ahead

Education chief highlights challenges ahead

| 03/04/2017 | 58 Comments

(CNS): With education likely to feature heavily on campaign platforms over the coming weeks, Christen Suckoo, chief officer in the education ministry, highlighted some recent success at the ministry as well as the challenges ahead at a recent Chamber of Commerce ‘Be Informed’ presentation. The priorities for education include the need to improve the recruitment, […]

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Education bosses confirmed after years of acting in posts

Education bosses confirmed after years of acting in posts

| 01/03/2017 | 42 Comments

(CNS): Lyneth Monteith, who has been acting chief education officer for two years, has finally been confirmed in the post, which is now called the director of the Department of Education Services. Meanwhile, Cetonya Cacho has been officially appointed deputy chief officer for education policy and planning in the education ministry after three years acting […]

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CIG about to seek consultants to restart JGHS

CIG about to seek consultants to restart JGHS

| 23/02/2017 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The education ministry has said it will soon embark on a request for proposals for consultants to complete a business case to restart the John Gray High School project. Although the high school gym is nearing completion and McAlpine has already been contracted to do that work, the rest of the project is still […]

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Policy credited with better school behaviour

Policy credited with better school behaviour

| 23/01/2017 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Students in government schools appear to be behaving themselves, according to statistics released by the Department of Education Services (DES). Sharply contradicting perceptions in the community that the schools are in turmoil, with children misbehaving at every turn, the number of infractions has fallen dramatically. During 2015, 324 children were excluded from John Gray […]

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McAlpine secures gym contract at JGHS

McAlpine secures gym contract at JGHS

| 29/06/2016 | 26 Comments

(CNS): As the education ministry turns its attention back to the redevelopment of John Gray High School almost a decade after the project first started, the contract to complete the gymnasium on the abandoned site has gone to local contractor McAlpine. One of four companies to bid on the first phase of the re-start, the […]

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Officials begin long road to new disability centre

Officials begin long road to new disability centre

| 24/05/2016 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Following Cabinet’s approval of the case to build a new training facility for adults with disabilities to replace the Sunrise Centre facility, a steering committee has been formed to begin the long process towards making it a reality. Education Minister Tara Rivers said there was a need for a new purpose-built facility because the […]

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PTAs raise concerns about education

PTAs raise concerns about education

| 08/02/2016 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The education ministry has admitted that representatives from a dozen government school PTAs raised a catalogue of concerns about problems in the education system with the minister and government officials at a recent forum. In what was described as “an informative and sometimes heated discussion on issues relating to understaffing, disruptive student behaviour, lack of […]

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