For the record

Fay Chung, former Minister of Education, has informed us that comments attributed to her in our report in Issue 9 (March 6) of discussion at a recent SAPES workshop, were incorrect. This is what she actually said:

Fay Chung, former Minister of Education
Fay Chung, former Minister of Education

“Under Structural Adjustment in the 1990s, the government gave golden handshakes to senior civil servants such as Permanent Secretaries and Directors. These inducements were very attractive, and many accepted them. The result was a loss of institutional memory and experience that has led to greater incompetence in the civil service … As a result functions which we in government could easily do in the 1980s cannot be done today. Those of us in senior positions in government failed to create new and strong institutions, so that too much depended on strong personalities. When these strong personalities moved on, some of the innovations collapsed.”

At no time did she make reference to parastatals or the defence forces. She was specifically talking about the civil service. We apologise sincerely for not quoting Chung accurately and for imputing to her an interpretation that she did not specifically state.

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