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Education minister could be able to pick education board deputy chairman

Man at the top: Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The Minister of Education will be able to hand pick the deputy chairman of the Board of Education if a proposed law is approved by the House of Assembly.

Diallo Rabain tabled the Education Amendment (No. 2) Act 2021 in the House of Assembly yesterday.

The bill will allow the minister to appoint a member of the board as the deputy chairman – and also allow the Permanent Secretary of the education ministry to attend meetings.

A third amendment, if passed, would mean the board would no longer make recommendations to the Public Service Commission on the appointment of department directors and principals.

Other pieces of legislation were also tabled for future debate.

The Debt Collection Amendment Bill, tabled by Walter Roban, the Minister for Home Affairs, would give debt collectors a break on submitting audited financial statements for last year.

The Bermuda Aviation Authority would be allowed to keep its operating fund in interest-bearing bank accounts, either in Bermuda or abroad under another piece of proposed legislation.

The Civil Aviation Authority Amendment Bill 2021 would also allow the authority to submit financial reports to the minister every 60 days rather than every 30.

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Published June 19, 2021 at 7:52 am (Updated June 22, 2021 at 9:42 am)

Education minister could be able to pick education board deputy chairman

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