Centre for Youth Development fails performance tests, taken over by Youth Ministry
Youth Minister Lisa Hanna says the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) is now a division of the youth ministry and no longer an independent body following a damning Auditor General's report last year on its performance.
The NCYD was established in 2000 in the Youth and Culture Ministry as the Government department responsible for youth development in Jamaica.
However, last year the Auditor General’s Department said 10 years after the promulgation of the national youth policy, the centre lacked a strategic plan for youth development, was operating on an outdated draft strategic framework and was failing to meet its objectives.
Speaking on the soon-to-be-published online current affairs programme, On the Record, Hanna disclosed that the NYCD no longer exists in name.
She says the work which used to be done by the centre has been absorbed by a division focusing on research for youth policy.
Hanna says the division, unlike the former NCYD, will be answerable to the Ministry of Youth and will be governed by the Youth Policy.
She says the Cabinet has approved the new youth policy and it will be tabled within the next two months.