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Understaffed! Youth Affairs Department without key officers for roughly 4 years

Brenda Lettsome-Tye. (Photo Credit: Department of Information and Public Relations)

The Department of Youth Affairs & Sports is urgently in need of being staffed after failing to fill key vacancies for roughly four years.

Department director Brenda Lettsome-Tye gave that indication when she appeared before the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) late last year.

She said the department needed to fill at least three positions for 2020 and said it would cost the government $112,412. These positions include Senior Programme Officer for Youth and for Sports, as well as Youth Officers.

“The Senior Programme Officer for Youths and the Senior Programne Officer for Sports – formally Assistant Directors – have been vacant since 2016.

“Request for funding was granted in 2018 and request for advertising were made in 2018 and 2019, but the posts were not advertised,” she added.

“There were currently two vacant positions of Programme Officer for Youths. Requests were made for advertisements but the posts had not been advertised. Currently, there are only three of eight technical positions that are filled,” Director Lettsome-Tye told the SFC.

Collapse in overall process

She further said procedural measures were initially followed to fill other vacancies, but they too were not completely fulfilled due to a collapse in the overall process.

It is not clear whether any vacancies have been filled since Lettsome-Tye’s report to the SFC late last year.

The Department of Youth Affairs & Sports is a government organisation that houses empowerment programmes and professional experts that assist youths with developing their talents in the territory.

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  1. My yute says:

    Yet another example where Myron has failed…more spin while he was there, now a truth teller

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  2. No nonsense says:

    Another one of NDP xxxx! Dem come to ESHS( old CTL building) after the storm to help keep the children off the street. Dem never had a good structure. Dem started a summer programme years ago, never follow through with it. The ones with the degreeZ and in charge, what a waste of government money and bigging up dem name

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  3. hmnnn says:

    There is person in there who i know can DO THE WORK but the way how all them Education heads does operate and treat their staff is so inhumane.Promote who could do the work from using them…..

  4. Disinterested says:

    The lack of resources and shortages flu must be spreading at an epidemic level., for as long as the SFC has been in existence everyone that comes before whine about having enough resources. But if asked why, you get that deer in the head light gaze. When will someone come before the SFC and declare that using current resources their department or division exceeded expectations and projections?

  5. Well sah says:

    She neeee go se dungg

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