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Saddam Hussain takes up role of Chief Education Officer

New Chief Education Officer, Saddam Hussain (right), receives handing over statements from former Chief Education Officer and new Executive Director of the National Accreditation Council, Dr. Marcel Hutson

On Thursday, the Ministry of Education (MoE) announced that the new Chief Education Officer would be Saddam Hussain. He has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher.

Over the last two years, he served within Central Ministry as the Chief Schools’ Inspector and has been managing the efforts to restructure the Inspectorate Unit of the Ministry of Education.

Hussain was a Cadet Officer and was appointed as a Senior Education Officer in 2011, a position he later declined.

He brings to the position of CEO a wide range of experience, having worked at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), the Cyril Potter College of Education, and the Caribbean Examination Council.

On Wednesday, the former CEO, Dr. Marcel Hutson, officially handed over the office to Hussain at the Ministry’s 26 Brickdam Office.

Dr. Hutson had served as CEO for six years, including two years post-retirement, when he was re-engaged and contracted by the current Minister of Education. He has made exceptional contributions to the development and forward movement of the education sector.

“The Ministry is pleased to announce that Dr. Hutson will not be leaving the Ministry of Education. He will now take up the position of Executive Director of the National Accreditation Council (NAC).”

The NAC is the principal body in Guyana responsible for conducting and advising on the accreditation and recognition of educational and training institutions, providers, programmes, and awards, whether foreign or national.

“The Ministry of Education extends tremendous gratitude to Dr. Hutson for his service as Chief Education Officer, especially during one of the nation’s toughest periods, the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry looks forward to another stellar stint in his new role.”

“The Ministry of Education welcomes Mr. Hussain as the new Chief Education Officer. Mr Hussain, in his previous roles, has demonstrated a deep love and passion for developing the sector and transforming education and systems to meet the needs of present-day Guyana.”


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