Permanent secretary Foster-Allen reassigned to OPM

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Public Service Commission today announced that Elaine Foster-Allen, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education has been re-assigned to the Office of the Prime Minister.

The move is to take effect on November 16. She is to replace the OPM's former permanent secretary Onika Miller who resigned on October 1 "to avail herself of an opportunity in the private sector".

Foster-Allen, according to a release from the Services Commission, has held a number of leadership positions in the public sector both locally and in the United Kingdom, including principal of the Shortwood Teachers' College.

Meanwhile, Dr Maurice Smith, director/principal of the National College for Educational Leadership will be assigned as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education. 

Smith holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the Howard University, and has had extensive training in leadership and school evaluation, the Services Commission said.

He has served in varying capacities across the education sector both locally and in the United States, and has been engaged in his current capacity since September 2, 2013.

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