Saturday 28 November, 2020

EFCL gets new chairman after meeting with Education Minister

Education Minister Anthony Garcia has announced the appointment of Ricardo Vasquez as the acting Chairman of the Education Facilities Company Limited (EFCL).

The appointment follows the resignation of Arnold Piggot as Chairman of the EFCL Board of Directors citing family commitments and “the protection of my reputation and family name.”

In a meeting with the EFCL board today, Minister Garcia expressed his dissatisfaction with the Board’s operations namely; reporting lines not being adhered to; retrenchment exercises; the slow pace of construction works being carried out, and the process to be undertaken when emergency repairs are to be done when schools are forced to close.

He also stressed that the Ministry of Education should be notified in writing of any changes to upper management in the company.

The Education Minister Garcia also conveyed his dismay over the lack of confidentiality amongst staff members of the EFCL.

Minister Garcia also hinted that significant changes will be made to the Board and senior management at the company which may involve additions to the Board and some members of management having to revert to their substantive positions. 

Mr. Vasquez, in his new capacity as Chairman, promised to revamp the entire reporting process and liaise directly with the Ministry of Education’s Executive Team on any staff changes. He also stated that all infrastructural works will be dealt with expeditiously, in particular, the Morvant/Laventille Secondary School which has been closed for the last four weeks because of a pigeon infestation. Mr. Vasquez also said the ten schools under the New School Construction programme will be treated with urgency. In addressing the issue of lack of confidentiality in the company, he said he would be employing strict measures to prevent this from occurring.

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