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PM to closely monitor HEART, NYS, JFLL merger

Published:Sunday | February 5, 2017 | 2:54 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) is greeted by chairman of the HEART Trust/NTA, Maxine P. Wilson (2nd right), ahead of the launch of an Absorptive Capacity Programme by the institution, in partnership with the Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE), on February 2 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Kingston. Looking on are Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid (2nd left); and JCTE chairman, Dr. Cecil Cornwall (right).

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he will be paying close attention to the merger of the HEART Trust/NTA, National Youth Service (NYS) and the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL).

Holness says he believes this merger can become a strong example of the public sector modernisation process in action, as the Government moves to streamline operations and deliver its services efficiently.

“We want to make that an example of how it can be done without grave dislocation but with an increase in service to the public,” he said.

The prime minister was speaking at the launch of an Absorptive Capacity Programme being done by the HEART Trust/NTA, in collaboration with the Joint Committee for Tertiary Education, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Kingston on February 2.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, announced on February 1 that the training institutions will be merged to eliminate overlap and duplication in operations and that is in line with the Government’s Public Sector Rationalisation Programme.

He pointed out that the merger will also allow for more resources to be allocated to other critical agencies within the ministry.

“If you combine the budgets of the (NYS and JFLL) it is about $800 million. So, what is happening is that HEART is absorbing that budget and the operations and this will allow for the resources to be otherwise utilised for other activities within the broader Ministry of Education operations,” Reid explained.