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Training of board members under review

John Sealy

Training of board members under review

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Government will be taking a second look at training board members appointed to run its organizations and institutions to ensure they are aware of their roles and responsibilities.
That’s the word from Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Harry Husbands, as he responded to a question from the DAILY NATION about how far his ministry had reached in appointing new boards.
“The issue of training board members as to their role was raised with me [recently] but . . . when we came to office in 2008, the then Prime Minister David Thompson had a full training session at the Lloyd Erskine [Sandiford Centre] for all boards, and it is something that the Government may have to consider doing again to make clear the rights and responsibilities of members of boards,” he said.
One of the recent glaring cases that drew attention to the role and responsibility between boards of management and institutions was the controversy surrounding The Alexandra School, which ended up with a Government-ordered inquiry.
Husbands said, however, that the appointment of boards was the purview of Minister of Education [Ronald Jones], who was in the process of dealing with the matter.