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Reid rejects Opposition's suggestion to reconsider Youth Service-HEART merger

Published:Friday | March 3, 2017 | 3:30 PM
Reid argued the merger is in line with the Government's public sector rationalisation plan.

Education Minister Ruel Reid has rejected a suggestion from the Opposition that the Government reconsiders merging the National Youth Service (NYS) with the HEART Trust/NTA.

Opposition spokesman on youth Lisa Hanna argued before a parliamentary committee yesterday that the mandates of the NYS which include helping youth become employable, are specific and should not be disturbed.

She also said Reid had not put forward any justifiable reason for the merger.

Reid argued the merger is in line with the Government's public sector rationalisation plan.

He added that the merger was being considered before his Jamaica Labour Party administration took over last March.

Hanna and Opposition Spokesman on Education, Ronald Thwaites also queried why the staff complement at the HEART was not expected to increase in light of the merger.

However, Reid noted that HEART was scheduled to get additional staff which accounted for the budgetary increase from just over $9 billion to $12 billion.

The Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning is also being merged into the national skills training agency.