Rabain confirms Richards as commissioner

  • Looking forward: Diallo Rabain keen to highlight education reforms (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Minister of Education, Diallo Rabain announced CedarBridge Academy principal Kalmar Richards as Acting Commissioner of Education yesterday.

Mr Rabain said Mrs Richards had provided “exemplary leadership” in education over the past 20 years.

Mr Rabain said: “Mrs Richards is no stranger to us or to our community. For the past 20 years she has provided exemplary leadership and stewardship as principal at CedarBridge Academy.

“Mrs Richards is respected by her peers, parents and students and known as caring and firm. She is a leader that believes in change and making a positive impact in our community.

“We are very appreciative that she has agreed to this assignment.”

The move follows the removal of Freddie Evans from the post in October.

No mention was made of Dr Evans, who is taking legal action over his removal.

Mr Rabain said that Mrs Richards will serve in the position until a new Commissioner of Education is hired.

Mr Rabain added: “The next step will be for the Board of Education to begin the search for a suitable candidate.

“The Board of Education is responsible for advertising, interviewing and selecting a candidate for referral to the Public Service Commission for final approval.”

Mr Rabain also highlighted Plan 2022, which detailed reform of the education system last week.

He said: “Implementation will begin in January 2018. As I stated in Parliament last week, this plan will not sit on the shelf. It will be implemented because we are accountable to our students and to all those who supported the design and drafting of Plan 2022.”

Mr Rabain added: “We received such positive and honest input from community groups, churches, former educators, current teachers, union stakeholders, parents and students.

He said: “The Department of Education is ready to begin the implementation and I am pleased to learn that steps are being taken and recruitment has begun to have all the necessary staff in place to carry out the objectives set forth in Plan 2022.”