Henry suspends staff over Phagwah planning issues

Minister within the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry

THREE senior officials of the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture have reportedly been suspended for poor planning of a Phagwah celebrations activity last week at the department’s Main Street office.

Deputy Permanent Secretary, Department of Culture, Steve Ninvalle

Among other issues, Minister Henry in her speech last week made reference to Diwali. The Guyana Chronicle understands that Deputy Permanent Secretary Steve Ninvalle, and two other officials of the ministry have been suspended for two weeks each however, one of the suspended officers reportedly resigned with immediate effect.
When contacted on Thursday night, Ninvalle declined to comment and referred this publication to the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Culture, Melissa Tucker. “Kindly contact the Permanent Secretary or the minister on that matter, thank you,” was all Ninvalle was prepared to say. Attempts to contact, Minister Henry on the matter were unsuccessful.

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  • Raphael Shaw

    The Minister herself needs suspension. She does not know the difference with depavali and pagwah. The Minister of Social Cohesion recommend that she apologize to the Guyanese public.
    We are still to hear her apology.

  • Ashley Singh

    According to information from reliable sources, they were suspended with pay. This total crap. The miniister herself should have been disciplined by the Prime Minister for her shortcomings. Maybe, the Prime Minister is not permitted to exercise his authority.