Pistana to take lead at Ministry of Education

By MyVue News.com Staff writer

Basseterre, Monday, 5th September, 2022, (MyVue News.com)-The new school year in St. Kitts & Nevis is on its way. However, while teachers have been mandated to return to the classrooms, as of Monday, 5th September, 2022, students at the primary and secondary levels are not due to don their uniforms until Wednesday, 7th September.

This announcement was made during an official address on Sunday by the country’s new Minister of Education, Dr. Geoffrey Hanley.

Hanley also used the occasion to confirm the appointment of Lisa-Romayne Archibald-Pistana, as the new Permanent Secretary, in the ministry.

The Minister hailed Pistana for her outstanding career in the teaching fraternity, saying she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the post.

“I am pleased to announce our new permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education Mrs. Lisa-Romayne Archibald-Pistana. She has worked within the field of education for over 19 years during which time she served as (a) teacher, Principal, Education Officer and Deputy Chief Education Officer.”

While welcoming the new administrative head of the ministry, Hanley also had complimentary words for the man being replaced by Pistana.

“At this juncture, I would like to thank Mr. William Vincent Hodge for his guidance, hard work and direction as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education over the past six years. We are extremely grateful and value the contribution he has made to the education fraternity,” said Minister Hanley.

The minister also revealed that changes also occurred at the school level, with Jamillah Bristol being appointed the new Head Teacher of Beach Allen Primary School; Javan Cannonier has assumed the post of Deputy Head Teacher at the Cayon Primary School; while Ulukia Bryan accepted the post of Deputy Head Teacher at the Dieppe Bay Primary School.

When students return later this week, Minister Hanley said that he expects them to arrive early and ready to work.

“We look forward to warmly welcoming our new entrants to preschool, primary and high school and encourage you to bloom where you are planted. Your teachers are exceptional educators who give their very best to ensure that you are successful,” stated the minister.

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