April 18, 2021

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Education Minister defends termination of PRO

Priya Manickchand

The now former Ministry of Education (MoE) Senior Public Relations Officer (PRO) Brushell Blackman is claiming that his dismissal from the post is an attempt to hinder the development and progression of young professionals based on perceived political affiliation but this claim has been rejected by Minister Priya Manickchand.

Blackman, who served at the post under a three-year contract before it was renewed in September 2020 said in a statement yesterday, “It is now my view that I am the victim of a deliberate attempt to stymie the development and progression of young professionals on the basis of their perceived political affiliations.” Blackman said this in relation to his dismissal which happened in February this year.

He recounted that upon reporting for duty following the renewal of his contract in September 2020 to work for another year, he was summoned to the office of the Minister of Education who then told him that his services were no longer required. Blackman said that he was further told, in a nonchalant manner, that the ministry is “restructuring

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