Good Afternoon Everyone and thank you for coming.
I have with me today the Acting Permanent Secretary of Education Mrs. Valerie Robinson-James, the Acting Commissioner of Education, Dr. Lou Matthews and the Director of Academic Services, Dr. Llewellyn Simmons to share the 2014 graduation and external exam results for the Department of Education.
However, before I provide you with the results I want to emphasize that the Bermuda Public Education System is undergoing dynamic change; change that involves positive and systemic transformation strategies for teaching and leadership of our schools.
Thank you all for coming today.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo, myself and some of my Cabinet colleagues have been inundated with calls and queries regarding repair-work to their homes – as to which works need planning permission and so on.
Much of this information has been addressed already in a press release issued by the Department of Planning last week however I would like to reiterate that information once again for the sake of clarity.
Firstly, 'like for like' repairs of windows, doors and roof slate will not require planning permission or a building permit if the damage is limited to non-structural issues. Owners can proceed immediately with these types of repairs as soon as it is feasibly possible.
The Bermuda Post Office (BPO) is advising the public that the mail processing delays reported yesterday, by Bermuda Broadcasting Company, in the processing and delivery of parcels by local private courier firms are unrelated to the closure of the BPO Mail Processing Facility and its relocation to the General Post Office in Hamilton.
The BPO is not experiencing any processing delays for incoming or outgoing EMS or Parcels and our inbound Parcel deliveries remain on time.
The BPO remains committed to quality service and looks forward to servicing our existing and new customer base.