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School Meals staffers fear losing jobs

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

School Meals staffers fear losing jobs

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MORE THAN THREE DOZEN non-appointed staff members of the School Meals Department are scared their jobs are on the line because of the new qualification requirements of the Public Service.

And to make matters worse, the temporary workers, some of whom have been with the department in the Ministry of Education for more than a decade, are upset with a decision to disseminate official correspondence on the requirements for the vacant position of school meals assistant to other Government departments, even before Schools Meals staff were in receipt of the vacancy forms to be filled out.

The new guidelines require a school meals assistant to have at least two Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) certificates, along with a Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence and a certificate in cooking or culinary arts.

“What is unbelievable about this is that no staff members in the School Meals Department have received the requirements as yet. They are also concerned that even after completing the paperwork, an interview process also has to be completed for them to keep their jobs and that is something they have never done before,” a concerned School Meals staffer told the SUNDAY SUN.

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.