Dahlia Harris resigns as Director of Culture in the Education Ministry after less than a month

March 17, 2016

Dahlia Harris has lasted just 14 days as the Director of Culture in the Ministry of Education, Information and Youth.

Harris, who succeeded Amina Blackwood Meeks as the in the education ministry, resigned from the position on Thursday.

She was employed on March 3. 

A statement from the Ministry of Education confirmed Harris' resignation.

"The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information today received a letter of resignation from Ms Dahlia Harris, who was contracted on  March 3, 2016 to work with the Ministry's Culture in Education Programme, which includes the promotion of Civics, Citizenship and Entrepreneurship within the Arts," the ministry said.

"The reasons for Ms Harris' resignation are private and confidential."
 

Calls to get a comment from Harris went unanswered but a number of persons have since expressed their sentiments about the resignation. 

"Keep your head up, @DahliaHarris. Your talent is undeniable and your commitment to Jamaica and its culture knows no bounds or colour," her colleague Simone Clarke-Cooper tweeted.

Meanwhile, former Information Minister, Sandrea Falconer took to Facebook to share her thoughts.

"I am so very sorry that you have been caught up in tribal and nasty politics. I am so sorry attempts have been made to embarrass you and that you have been thrown into the middle of dirty politics. I have known you for over 20 years from JBC and you are a decent human being and a professional. Hold your head high. God hates ugly," the post read.

This is the second time in under two years that the playwright, actress,and communications practitioner is leaving a high profile government job. Harris had initially served as principal director of culture in the Ministry of  Youth and Culture before being dismissed after 10 months on the job.

She then sought the intervention of  the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA).

The  matter was brought to the local Privy Council  which considered Harris' appeal  and advised the Governor General that the application be refused and the matter dismissed.

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