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Ms. Jean Hastings

Miss Jean Hastings is currently the Director of the Education System Transformation Programme in Jamaica.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Baruch College, City University of New York. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (Hons.) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate in Instructional Systems Design (Institute of Education [now School of Education] - UWI), and  a Certificate in Project Management jointly sponsored by  IDB/MIND.

She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (Nova University) and Green belt (Harrington Institute/Strategy Associates/CARI-CODE). Miss Hastings has extensive experience gained during more than fifteen (15) years of team leadership and management on internationally funded programmes.

She was instrumental in the effective implementation of the Revised Primary Curriculum and National Assessment Standards in 800 Primary Schools as well as securing an enhanced quality of service delivery through targeted interventions for improved literacy, numeracy, pupil attendance and civil works. She has managed both the PEIP II and PESP, IDB funded programmes under which over 30 primary schools were constructed. Ms. Hastings currently manages the Education System Transformation Programme which has responsibility for the transformation and modernization of the education sector. Under her portfolio a number of new agencies have been established as well as, other reforms, including development of a National Curriculum and revisions to the National Assessment Programme at grades 2, 6 & 9, as well as, programmes and new legislations to support the transformation.

She has invaluable experience in working with bi-lateral and multi-lateral Agencies such as, PAHO, IDB, UNDP, and the Canadian Cooperation Office. Prior to her work in Education Ms Hastings worked as a Management Consultant. She has worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Economist and Sherwin Williams as a Marketing Manager. Ms. Hastings is the mother of one son.