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Deputy Governor puts Education Dept on blast for 'habitual late coming'

- Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald CBE said there must be consequences for lateness & insubordination
Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald CBE has lambasted members of the Public Service, in particular the Department of Education, for habitual late coming and for not displaying accountability and integrity as required and said that there must be consequences. Photo: VINO
Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald CBE (left) having a word with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dr Marcia Potter. Photo: VINO
Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald CBE (left) having a word with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dr Marcia Potter. Photo: VINO
The Education Department, under the watch of Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn, was put on blast as, according to the Deputy Governor, that Department is among the leaders in late coming. Photo: VINO/File
The Education Department, under the watch of Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn, was put on blast as, according to the Deputy Governor, that Department is among the leaders in late coming. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Deputy Governor Vivian Inez Archibald, CBE has lambasted members of the Public Service, in particular the Department of Education, for habitual late coming and for not displaying accountability and integrity as required and added that there must be consequences.

She also said that not because persons disagree with each other means they have to demonise the other person for their views.

The Deputy Governor was speaking yesterday January 11, 2016 at a function for senior managers in the education system held at Maria’s By The Sea in Road Town, Tortola.

Agree to disagree & not demonise

“I have to say that I am a little bit troubled about some of the observations I make across the public service. We don’t have to agree with everybody. All we need to do is embrace the differences, make your point respectfully, agree to disagree and move on. It is never personal. It is not about me; it is not about you; it is about this rock. It is about the BVI.”

“So if I don’t agree with you it doesn’t mean that you are a bad person. I don’t have to go and demonise you,” she pointed out. “If everybody agreed on everything it means that somebody is redundant,” Mrs Archibald said.

Education Dept tops in 'late coming'

The Deputy Governor added that persons in the public service must have integrity. “When you give your word, you keep it. I was told this by my father.”

She said she was performing ‘meet and greet’ one morning and “half of the public service” came to work late.

The Education Department, under the watch of Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn, was put on blast as, according to the Deputy Governor, that Department is among the leaders in late coming.

“The last person came to work at 9:40 am,” she said. “As I asked why persons were so late [and] nobody had a good excuse. And you know what? There were two departments that were later than everybody else…Education was one.”

The Deputy Governor said that sometimes if there is no consequence for non-performance, careless service, late attendance or insubordination, persons will continue these bad habits.

New appraisal

She said Government now has in place after a very long battle, a more detailed and comprehensive performance appraisal. “Because all you needed to do with the appraisal we had was just show up and you get your increment. We have just changed that ladies and gentlemen,” she said.

“As of January 1, 2016 we have instituted a new performance appraisal which will hold us all accountable and senior managers and middle managers with responsibility over staff will meet with them on a regular basis so that when I meet them on July 1, 2016 and ask them how is their performance and what gaps needed to be filled, they will be able to tell me. They will not say to me that I have not been evaluated for two years,” Mrs Archibald said.

29 Responses to “Deputy Governor puts Education Dept on blast for 'habitual late coming'”

  • Voter Too (12/01/2016, 08:42) Like (2) Dislike (17) Reply
    You may be right but remember Charity begins at home. We tend to put much blame on the Education system but we all have a part to play in this.The church the home the school the community on a whole . Remember too it takes a community to raise a child .Yes we alll have a part to play in this. So you as a community minded person have your part to play also. Most of the time we just blah, blah, blah and no action.
    • gosh man. (13/01/2016, 14:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Did you read the full article? she was not talking about the education system. She was talking to civil servants as a whole being late to commence the peoples business. Please read the article again. No wonder our country is so messed up. majority of us do not read and understand before we start typing.
  • Truth (12/01/2016, 08:43) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    It is about time. You all should take a page from Social Security Board!
    • Long sigh (12/01/2016, 12:21) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      Antoinette don't play that. If you work at SSB you better be to work on time. And if you leave early or come late best believe you have to make up the time. She and that HRM could be little disgusting but its all in the best interest of the organization I guess.
      • Please! (12/01/2016, 12:58) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
        There's a manager in NHI who is always late and they can't tell her a thing!
      • Quiet Storm (12/01/2016, 14:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Well, at least one department director is providing exemplary leadership and management.
  • civil servant (12/01/2016, 08:50) Like (41) Dislike (26) Reply
    Here who talking this women need to retire she is unfair and out dated
    • @ civil servant (12/01/2016, 09:44) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
      And imagine her office writing letters asking people to retire… set of hypocrites
  • Good call (12/01/2016, 09:24) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only get increments for good work- as it should be. There are toooo many lazy butts in the civil service and too many good people having to cover their work and not getting the kudos they deserve.
  • cop (12/01/2016, 09:41) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    i totally agree on the piont madam this is why things nar work casue we kno our pay sure at end of day even if we show up and dont do shit. it is not right time to make some change starting with the bosses
  • insider (12/01/2016, 09:42) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who heads the Ministry? It is the worse run ministry and for people with Masters and PhDs the writing skills are very poor and it seems to politically driven
    • B Savage (12/01/2016, 14:28) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      Why myrun always look so angry? And sad? He going die of stress LOL
      • Yes (12/01/2016, 16:50) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
        @ b savage

        Let's hope he does soon
        • Some ppl so Cruel (13/01/2016, 08:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          @Lol What a terrible thing to say! Remember when you dig a hole for one dig for two ehh.

          God Speed!!
  • Political Observer (12/01/2016, 10:01) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Deputy Gov, MEC and other employees are always fashionably late because it is tolerated and there is no consequences for cheating the tax payers and being unprofessional and disrespectful to them. You get what you recognize and reward. If everyone gets the same reward regardless of performance this is what you get and should expect. Several weeks ago I called a government department to inquire about a service. It was well past the opening time; however, the polite young man that answered the phone asked me if I can call back later, for "you know how these people are." Late comers are cheating the taxpayers, for they are being paid for 8 hours but are not working 8 hours a day. The tax payers are meeting its contractual obligation so too should the employees. You getting what you pay for is a poor excuse. What if the late comers were underpaid on pay day. This is a serious issue and the Premier and Governor need to take it seriously. For 2016, there should be a no nonsense commitment to improve performance, service delivery and productivity. Here is a news flash! Poor productivity cost serious cash and non service delivery. For example, if 10 miles of road maintenance was scheduled to be done, but the allocated amount of money dun but only 7.5 miles of road was done this is lower than expected productivity. Next year the 2.5 miles of unfinished road still needs to be done; it is being funded twice and costing twice as much.
  • CONSCIOUS EDUCATOR (12/01/2016, 11:01) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes, Deputy Governor, I will take heed and adjust.
  • Sara (12/01/2016, 11:58) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    She should talk because every time there's a meeting and government people involve the always coming late then other people start making excuse for them especially Minister Walwyn and as mattr of fact when they come or don't comes the still making excuse for them
  • Xxx (12/01/2016, 13:57) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    Inez has no credibilty with civil servants bottom line
  • rattie (12/01/2016, 14:27) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is she for real? Can’t believe her…civil servants have been coming to work late for years and whenever she do retire which is long overdue they will still be coming late!
    • John Doe BVIslander (12/01/2016, 16:01) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Which is exactly her point. There is no excuse for habitual lateness of civil servants and it is wrong to 'accept' it because it has always been the case. Yes everybody is late at some point but that should be a one off not the norm (car trouble, kids are sick etc), It is each persons responsibility to arrive at work on time. For Govt that is generally 8.30am. To do that you have to account for traffic, rain, dropping off kids at school etc. You cannot leave home at 8.30 to reach at 8.30am.
      And then what really disgusts me, is those persons that then arrive to work late, want to sit down and have breakfast!!!
      Start working in the private sector and see how long that would be tolerated. Stop giving crap excuses for habitual lateness, get your backside out of bed earlier, and leave yourself enough time to get to work on time. Accountability starts at home. If you had to arrive on time to collect your paycheck I bet 100% of the civil servants would arrive early!!!!!
  • Finger Print Time Clocks (12/01/2016, 18:13) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    If they all had to use a time clock that required Finger Scanning (Finger Print) and paid according to when they scanned in they would be early ..
  • crazy (12/01/2016, 19:24) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    One morning she stands at door to greet and makes a judgement. Crazy! They could always see when you come but never mention when you leave office or there for long ass hours.
  • inthe news (12/01/2016, 22:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    too much churlish behavior in public office a set of ignorant bullies
  • the doc (12/01/2016, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When she was the speaker didn't she know it was not about the VIP or the NDP. It was about the country but she made the NDP any which way possible. Poor speaker/Deputy. Too late for those words now.
  • yea (13/01/2016, 08:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now she working. Long over due
  • NPolitico (13/01/2016, 14:33) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Install time clocks. Ministers and senior officers can exempted.
  • Boo (13/01/2016, 16:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron like "what you talking about Willis"
  • BROWNIE (14/01/2016, 11:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Deputy Governor, I am glad that you witnessed the tardiness for yourself:). The Department of Education is late in everything they do -- especially when it comes to renewing teachers' appointments!


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