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Lashaunda Dickenson-Skippings  Appointed As Special Needs Coordinator of Assessments

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#TurksandCaicos, September 15, 2023 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Lashaunda Dickenson-Skippings to the post of Special Needs Coordinator of Assessments in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services.

Mrs. Dickenson-Skippings holds:  a Bachelor of Education Degree in Educational Assessment from Mico University College (2011) and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Liverpool John Moore’s University (2023).

Her previous posts include: Special Education Programme Coordinator for Primary Schools in Zone II and Vice Principal of the Thelma Lightbourne Primary School.

Commenting on her appointment Mrs. Dickenson-Skippings stated:

“I am grateful to be awarded the opportunity to work in the capacity of Coordinator of Assessments. I will continue in my best efforts to carry out my duties with integrity, excellence and faith in God as it is ‘He that worketh in me both to will and to do his good pleasure’ – Philippians 2:13.

I am thankful to God for His faithfulness; He has proven His word to make all things work together for my good. I am grateful to my family and my local congregation for their constant support and prayers. I am thankful to the Deputy Governor and her team for the opportunity to serve in this capacity.”

Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams in extending congratulations to Mrs. Lashaunda Dickenson-Skippings stated:

“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Mrs. Lashaunda Dickenson-Skippings on her appointment to the post of Coordinator of Assessments at the Special Needs Education Centre in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services.

The Coordinator of Assessments will oversee the rotation of assessments that are provided to students and will assist with IEP development for students presenting special needs across the Turks and Caicos Islands.

This is Mrs. Dickenson-Skippings second promotion in two years while completing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership assisted by the Public Service Professional Development Fund, and demonstrates her drive and commitment to education.

Congratulations on another well-deserved promotion Mrs. Dickenson-Skippings!”

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Proposed Amendments for Business Licensing in TCI heard at June 4 Cabinet Meeting  

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Acting Governor Anya Williams chaired the 17th meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday June 4th, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members of Cabinet were present with the exception of Governor H.E. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, Attorney General Hon. Rhondalee Knowles and the Ministers of Home Affairs and Public Safety and Utilities.  Ms. Yaa McCartney attended in the capacity of Acting Attorney General.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the Ministry of Finance on the proposed amendments to Business Licensing which was being put forward as a result of the consultations that had taken place and agreed next steps.

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TCI Cabinet hears NHIP Change Management Plan in Meeting held April 24, 2024  

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam chaired the 12th meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday April 24, 2024, at the Office of the Premier on the island of Providenciales.

All members were present with the exception of the Ministers of Education, Tourism, Border Control and Public Safety who were away from the islands on official duties.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  1. Received a presentation from the National Health Insurance Plan Consultants on the organizations Change Management Program.
  2. Noted an information paper on the work of the Economic Substance Consultancy which was undertaken to provide services to the Financial Transactions Information Exchange Unit (FTIE) in regard to the previous blacklisting of the Turks and Caicos Islands which has since the engagement of this consultancy been reversed.
  3. Approved the reinstatement of the Grand Lucayan MOU for an additional six months from the execution date of the previously approved MOU.
  4. Approved the settlement of a Claim Against Government in line with a ruling of the Court.
  5. Approved the grant of a license for the beach nourishment and installation of four groins lying seaward of parcels 60703/253-263, 330, 331-342 situated at Cheshire Hall for the protection of the shoreline of the said parcels.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.

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Government Progressing with Plans to Build Seven STEM and STEAM Schools

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#MontegoBay, July 3, 2024 – The Government is progressing with plans to construct six Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Schools and one Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Academy.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says arrangements to build the STEAM school, being cited in Montego Bay, are “proceeding.”

“The land is acquired and the budget is in place from the Ministry of Finance [and the Public Service]. By the end of the year the Ministry of Education [and Youth] can give a timeframe on it,” he stated.

Regarding construction of the STEM Schools, Dr. Chang advised that  “we will be opening the first one in Portmore [St. Catherine] very soon.”

He was speaking during the University of Technology (UTech) Western Campus’ recent STEM Summer camp launch at the institution’s campus in Montego Bay, St. James.

The camp, being held in western Jamaica for the first time, will see some 100 youth from communities in Hanover, Trelawny and St. James engaging in several STEM-related activities.

For his part, Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) President, Oral Heaven, said Jamaica has been declared a ‘STEM island’, adding that the camp serves as testament to the country’s growing prominence in the global STEM landscape.

“This designation opens the door for so many things, through multinational STEM investments [and] real money for our people, positioning Jamaica as a hub of innovation and technological advancement,” he outlined.

Dr. Chang pointed out that there is “a legacy of STEM activity” in the west, noting that the Government is committed to expanding opportunities in the sector.

“It is imperative, therefore, that we attract some of these investments to Montego Bay”, adding that, “we must focus on the positives and potential solutions that STEM can offer.”

The STEM Summer Camp will be held in two phases for junior and senior participants under the theme: ‘Think, Collaborate and Innovate to Grow and Be Resilient’.

Junior participants will attend from July 8-19, and the older youth between July 15 and 26.

 

Contact: Serena Grant

Release: JIS

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