Well known educator and veteran trade union leader Karen Best is one of two new Deputy Chief Education Officers.
The teacher of 38 years, the last nine years spent as Principal of Hillaby/Turner’s Hall Primary, was appointed to the position along with Senior Education Officer (with responsibility for tertiary education), David Clement.
With Best’s appointment, it not only means that the Farmers, St. Thomas school will be getting a new principal, but also that the Barbados Union of Teachers has to look for a new president, a post she has held for the past decade.
The Deputy Chief Education Officer posts were vacant after Glenroy Cumberbatch and Dr. Idamay Denny resigned from the public service.
Laurie King, acted in one of those positions before he was made acting chief education officer when Chief Education Officer Dr. Wendy Griffith-Watson went on pre-retirement leave in 2009.
She officially retired in 2010.
King was subsequently appointed to the post in January, this year.
In January 2010, Minister of Education Ronald Jones announced that Senior Education Officer Joy Adamson and former principal of Alleyne School, Erwin Greaves would act as deputy chief education officers. (DS)
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