PSC to Show Cause for Whyte-Nedd’s Non Promotion
By: Gordon Moseley
The Public Service Commission is still to show cause why its decision not to appoint Genevive Whyte Nedd as the Chief Education Officer should not be quashed or set aside. The High Court had directed the PSC to respond by the 9th August but on Monday the Attorney General asked for more time to respond. This was after the acting chief education officer was already sent on Pre Retirement leave a few days before.
The High Court order was in response to an application made by the acting Chief Education Officer in July.
The Guyana Public Service Union has been paying very close attention to the case and has been offering its advice to the public servant, taking up her case in full. As Capitol News first reported, the acting CEO was sent home last week 4 months before her retirement as part of her pre retirement package. Today the President of the GPSU Patrick Yard said he was not surprised by the government’s move but the move will not force the union to put down the fight.
Back in 2007 when the Public Service Commission was making moves to make the appointment, a memo was sent BY the education ministry directing the PSC to put a hold on the appointment in wake of what was described as a restructuring plan at the ministry. But that was 3 years ago and there have been various appointments since then, just the acting CEO found herself holding on to that acting position for over 5 years.
The GPSU has already alerted the international labor organizations on what it sees as a vulgar practice by the administration.
Whyte Nedd spent all of her professional life in the education sector moving through the ranks and finding herself to the top, or at least almost there.