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Jamaica’s loss of moral leadership: Whither new pathways (Part 2)

Professor Canute Thompson Leadership has many dimensions and components, but if I were to boil down the roles and functions of leadership to their most fundamental, I would suggest that there are two duties at the core, namely: (a) To discern, interpret, and articulate, the challenges and opportunities facing the...
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Making Parents’ Month more meaningful: Celebration or Call to Action?

Since the year 2000, the Ministry of Education and Youth (MoEY) and its partners have designated November as Parent Month in Jamaica. The purpose of this prestigious month is to honour the parents who have significantly supported their children throughout their educational journey and to strengthen the relationship between families...
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Jamaica’s loss of moral leadership: Whither new pathways (Part 1)

Professor Canute Thompson Jamaica as a nation state, has, in my opinion, been fast losing its moral leadership position.  While there may have been differences of opinion on this issue in recent years, there has been, within the last year, at least, a growing level of consciousness that this is...
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An open letter to the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica

Professor Canute Thompson Mr. Metry Seaga President PSOJ (cc: Former Presidents: John Mahfood, Howard Mitchell, and Keith Duncan). According to your self-statement, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), established in 1976, is a national organization of private associations, which seeks to influence national policy in political, social, and economic...
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Whither a Jamaican “dynasty”

Professor Canute Thompson Jamaica is in a unique situation, roughly analogous to a dynasty, given that two members of one household, head two co-equal and separate branches of Government.  These are the Prime Minister and his wife as Speaker of the House. While this development is neither unlawful nor unconstitutional,...
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Racism in Jamaica

Professor Canute Thompson My interest in examining the question of racism in Jamaica is triggered by the public response to the depiction of oppression, using the symbol of chains, and the removal of those chains, which occurred at a recent political meeting of the People’s National Party (PNP).  Given that...
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My case for trustable leadership and thus my case against Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Professor Canute Thompson The United States of America has entered an unprecedented era of lawbreaking by holders of public office and the normalization of wrongdoing. As such, there is little shock and surprise that a former president has the unenviable record of having been twice impeached and indicted four times. ...
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Richard Byles is no fool

Professor Canute Thompson A week ago, Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), Richard Byles, said that Private Sector companies should be mindful of the inflationary impact of wage settlements.  His comments brought widespread public ire and rebuke. Richard Byles, Governor, Bank of Jamaica In a piece entitled An open...
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Professor Canute Thompson Dear Mr. Byles: I am shocked and almost angry at your most recent comments cautioning businesses against excessive pay rises for employees as the country continues to grapple with inflation concerns. You made these comments on or about August 21, 2023. Mr Richard Byles, Governor of the...
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Making sense of Jamaica’s lowering unemployment and increasing poverty levels

Professor Canute Thompson Jamaica’s unemployment rate has hit an all-time historic low of 4.5%.  This figure represents the percentage of the number of people in the labour force who do not have a job but are actively looking for work.  While this development is, at face value, something to celebrate...
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Reflections on Jamaica at 61

Professor Canute Thompson Jamaica’s development as an independent nation, now in its 61st year, may be characterized as a series of stops and starts. There have been promising possibilities some of which realized their promise partially and others either stymied or shuttered, but the nation continues to hope.  In my...
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Kamina Johnson-Smith, Private Sector Interests in Jamaica, and Boris Johnson: Lessons and Legacy

Professor Canute Thompson The decision of Kamina Johnson-Smith, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, to contest for the non-vacant post of Commonwealth Secretary General (CSG) in 2022, remains a mystery despite so much that has been disclosed. Context and brief history Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and...
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When elected leaders threaten democracy: Making sense of the Holness Administration’s attacks on the Integrity Commission

Professor Canute Thompson The world is witnessing what many thought would not have happened in the United States of America, namely the arrest and arraignment of a former president.  Probably the only reason this did not happen to a sitting president is based on the Department of Justice guideline that...
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Funding Tertiary Education: Continuing the Conversation

Professor Canute Thompson The English-speaking Caribbean is a low-wage market of which Jamaica is the worst based on its GDP per capita and the size of that low-wage labour force.  While the Government of Jamaica has substantially increased the salaries of members of the political directorate, principals of schools and...
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Credible leadership actions and the categorical imperative

Professor Canute Thompson Members of an organisation are entitled to their own perspectives and the right to disagree with a decision and direction of an organisation must be respected.  But when the leadership of an organisation takes a position, it is presumed to be reflective of, and binding on, all...
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Is the Government serious about accountability?

Professor Canute Thompson In the aftermath of the hiking of salaries of members of the political directorate by the Government, (by up to 300% - over three years), the Minister of Finance Nigel Clarke and Prime Minister Andrew Holness in seeking to justify the increases, promised that there would be...
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Further Observations on the Constitutional Review Process in Jamaica

Matondo K. Mukulu Editor's Note: Part I of this series was published on May 22. The piece was titled The Constitutional Review Process: Is the minister giving false hope? You may read it here I am not a historian but the political history of the United States of America,...
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Jamaica’s Public Sector Compensation System: Increases to politicians and PM Holness’ missing of the mark and manufacturing of confusion

Professor Canute Thompson When the leader of a country steps into a fractured national conversation, the society has a right to expect clarity and resolution, not further imbroglio, deeper chaos and confusion. But on Monday May 22, 2023, when Prime Minister Holness called a press conference to address the public...
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The Constitutional Review Process: Is the minister giving false hope?

Matondo K. Mukulu The constitutional review process is said to be in its second phase, but it appears as though the Minister is guessing as she goes along. I say that not to be unkind but rather I am reflecting on the fact that we are now being told, after...
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The inequity of the Jamaican government’s new public sector compensation package

Professor Canute Thompson The secret is out, the end has been reached and made known for all to see. What we are witnessing is the massive salary increases which the Government of Jamaica has given to the members of the executive and members of parliament.  The increases show a massive...
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  • Thompson, C. S. (2020). Theories and applications of transformational school

leadership: Lessons from the experiences of two school leaders in Jamaica. Journal of Thought, Vol. 54 (3 & 4), 55 – 72. Available at

  • Thompson, C.S., & Samuels-Lee, L. (2020a). Jamaican teachers’ perspectives on the

desirability of performance-based payment: Lessons for education policy makers and school administrators. Educational Planning Journal, Vol. 27 (2), 63 – 84. Available at

  •  Thompson, C. S., & Samuels-Lee, L. (2020b). Planning employee

empowerment: Lessons from the perspectives of Jamaican teachers. Educational Planning Journal, Vol. 27 (4), 45 – 64. Available at

  • Cook, L., Thompson, C.S., &Weaver, S. Weaver, L. (2020). Mixed Methods

Research: Exploring its complexities and challenges. Caribbean Journal of Mixed Methods, Vol. 1 (01), 167 – 190.

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  • Thompson, C. S. (2019a). School administrators’ and stakeholders’ attitudes toward, and

perspectives on, school-improvement planning. Educational Planning Journal, Vol. 25 (4), 7 – 26. Available at

  • Thompson, C. S. (2019b). Exploring teachers’ perspectives on effective organizational

change strategies. Educational Planning Journal, Vol. 26 (2), 15 – 28.

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  • Thompson, C.S., Burgess, S. & Major, T. (2019). Towards a philosophy of education for

the Caribbean: Exploring African models of integrating theory and praxis. Journal of Thought, Vol. 53 (1 & 2), 53 – 72.

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  • Thompson, C. S. (2018a). Leadership behaviours that nurture organizational trust:

                              Re-Examining the fundamentals.  Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.                                      21 (1),   28 – 42.

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  • Thompson, C.S. (2018b). Planning for improvements in boys’ academic performance: Towards a better understanding of the role of teacher-student relationship.                Educational Planning Journal, Vol. 24 (4), 59 – 76.            

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  • Thompson, C.S. (2018c). Preparing Caribbean teachers for the 21st century:  Whither the place of ethics.  Journal of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, Vol. (2), 1 – 17.
  •  Thompson, C.S. (2018d). The construct of ‘respect’ in teacher-student

relationship: Exploring dimensions of ethics of care and sustainable development. Journal of Leadership Education, Vol. 17 (3), 42 – 60. Available at

  •  Thompson, C. S. (2017a). An exploration of faculty involvement in and attitudes toward strategic planning in their institutions. Educational Planning Journal, Vol. 24 (1), 7 – 19. Available at
  • Thompson, C. S. (2017c). Teachers’ expectations of educational leaders’

leadership approach and perspectives on the principalship: Identifying critical leadership paradigms for the 21st century. Journal of Organizational & Educational LeadershipVol. 2 (2). Available at

  •  Thompson, C. S., Burke, T., King, K., & Wong, S. (2017). Leadership strategies

for turning around under-performing schools: Lessons from two Jamaican schools. Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean, Vol. 16 (2), 42 – 77. Available at

Thompson, C. S. (2017b). Review of Leadership for success: The Jamaican school experience, by Disraeli Hutton and Beverly Johnson. Caribbean Journal of Education 39, (1 & 2), 150 – 153. Available at


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———. (2018, July 29). The academic as social activist: An endangered species? Jamaica Observer. Retrieved from

  • Thompson, C. S. (2020, December 8). The PNP’s challenge. Jamaica Observer.

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  • (2020, November 20). If Golding is to make a mark. Jamaica Observer.

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  • (2020, October 11). Developing our nation: Preserving our democracy.

Jamaica Observer. Retrieved from


  • (2020, October 1). If Lisa and Mark are to inspire. Jamaica Observer.

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  • (2020, September 16). The 2020 General Election and the future of the PNP.

Jamaica Observer. Retrieved from


  • (2020, September 1). Promises versus Performance – Part 2, The Holness

Administration 2016 – 2020. Jamaica Observer. Retrieved from


  • (2020, August 25). Promises versus Performance. Jamaica Observer. Retrieved



  • (2020, August 4). Highly popular…OK then. Jamaica Observer. Retrieved from


  • __________. (2020, March 8). Truth and political bias. Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved from


  • (2020, January 1). Appraising Chris Tufton’s performance. Jamaica Gleaner.

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———. (2016, October 15). Acknowledging inconvenient truths about crime in Jamaica. Jamaica Observer. Retrieved from














———. (2016, November 12). Coping in a post-fact world: the irony of the ‘information’ age. Jamaica Observer. Retrieved from–the-irony-of-the–information–age_80177


  1. (2020) Expert Panelist: “UNESCO Webinar on Education Response during COVID-19”. May 7.
  2. (2020)       Response to Paper: “A Utility Account of Liberal Education by Jane Gatley”. Philosophy of Education Society. Pittsburgh, Penn. March 6 – 9 
  3. (2019) Paper Presentation: “School Administrators Perceptions of Strategic Planning: Locating Concerns about Efficacy”. Caribbean Centre for Educational Planning Symposium, Jamaica. October 24-25 
  4. (2019) Panel Discussion: “Youth in Motion: Building Young People’s Future in Small Island Developing States”. UNESCO Conference on Advocating for Small Island Developing States. Kingston, Jamaica. September 11. 
  5. (2019) Paper Presentation: “Personal Professional Responsibilities and Values Issues” at UNESCO’s Global Webinar on Developing Leadership: Sustainable Employability, Productivity, and Governance in the New Workforce. April 24. 
  6. (2019)       Panel Presentation: “Re-Imagining the Task of Philosophy: Defending Philosophy of Education as   Praxis”. Philosophy of Education Society. Richmond, Virginia, March 14 – 18. 
  7. (2019) Panel Presentation: “The Vitality of Educational Planning”. Institute for Educational Administration and Leadership, Jamaica. Kingston, March 6 – 7. 
  8. (2017)       Paper Presentation: “Exploring easily forgotten elements of sustainable development in Early Childhood Education”. Early Childhood Development Conference. Montego Bay. Nov. 26 & 27. 
  9. (2017) Paper Presentation: “Planning for Improved Students’ Performance-Epistemology, Pedagogy, and Teacher Preparation: Exploring Experiences of Students in Jamaican School.  International Society for Educational Planning. Toronto. October 11 – 14. 
  10. (2017) Paper Presentation: “Postmodern Epistemology: Exploring Insights for Improving the Pedagogical Experiences of Students in Jamaican Schools”. Schools of Education Biennial Conference. Montego Bay, June 21. 
  11. (2017) Paper Presentation: “Students’ Perspectives on Listening and its Relationship to their Perceptions of Leadership:  Exploring Dimensions of Ethics of Care and Sustainable Development”. Schools of Education Biennial Conference. Montego Bay, June 22.
  12. (2017)       Paper Presentation: “Leadership Strategies for turning around Underperforming Schools: The Experience of two Jamaican Schools. Institute for Educational Administration and Leadership.  Kingston, March 3.  
  13. (2017) Paper Presentation: “Performance-based pay for Jamaican Teachers. Institute for Educational Administration and Leadership – Jamaica. Kingston, March 3 – 4.  
  14. (2016) Paper Presentation: “An Exploration of faculty involvement in and attitudes towards, strategic planning in their institutions”. International Society for Educational Planning. New Orleans, October 18 – 22.
  15. (2015). Paper Presentation: “Locating the Epicentre of Effective Educational Leadership in the 21st Century”. Institute for Educational Administration and Leadership. Montego Bay, Jamaica, August 20 – 21. 
  16. (2015). Paper Presentation: “Fundamental Requirements for Mainstreaming TVET in the Education System: Finding the Path to Consensus and Collaborative Relationships”:  School of Education and UNESCO, Second International Conference on TVET in the Caribbean. Montego Bay, Jamaica, May 13 – 15. 
  1. (2019) Keynote Address: “Leadership Re-Imagination and Governance: Imperatives for the Advancement of a Transformative Education System”. MICO Old Students’ Annual Glen Owen Memorial Lecture. Kingston, Jamaica. April 11. 
  2. (2019) Keynote Address: “Re-Imagining Higher Education in a Borderless World: Confronting Challenges, Overcoming Obstacles, and Owning Opportunities”. Schools of Education Biennial Conference 2019Keynote Presentation. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. February 19 – 21. 
  3. (2018) Concurrent Session Presentation: “Reimagining Critical Pedagogy and the Task of Philosophy: Defending Philosophy of Education as Praxis”. Philosophy of Education Society of North America. October 26 – 28.  
  4. (2015). Feature Presentation: “Managing Change in Times of Uncertainty”. Commercial Banking Division, Bank of Nova Scotia, Jamaica. November 13. 
  5. (2014) Feature Presentation: “Learning Challenges facing Leaders in the 21st Century” Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ 34). November 20. 
  6. (2013). Feature Presentation: “Economies of Scale and Scope: The Formation of Industry Alliances as a Strategy for Export Competitiveness”. Caribbean Export Development Agency, 5th Management Consulting Business Symposium. Port of Spain, Trinidad. September 10 – 12.
  7. (2009). Guest Lecture: “Students’ Perceptions and Expectations of Leadership in a Postmodern Era”. University of Manitoba, Canada. March 16. 
  8. (2009) Guest Lecture: “Challenges Facing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises”. University of Manitoba, Canada. March 17. 
  9. (2009). Guest Lecture: “Strategies for Community Capacity Building”. University of Manitoba, Canada. March 18. 
  1. (2015). Workshop Session: “Towards a New Leadership Culture in the Jamaica Library Service”.  Jamaica Library Service. Kingston, December 3.  
  2. (2015). Workshop Session: “Creating a Culture Governed by Shared Core Values and a Commitment to Excellence”.  Ministry of National Security. May 5.
  3. (2015). Workshop Session: “Strategic Leadership and Management”. The University of the West Indies, Strategic Leadership and Management Workshop Series. March 11. 








OECS School Leadership and Accountability Project

Deputy Lead Consultant


Dominica and St. Lucia

Stewart, M., Thompson, C., Smith, M., Moore, S., & Edwards-Kerr, D. (2019). Educational Leadership and Accountability among Primary School Principals and Educational Leaders in Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Castries, St. Lucia: Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).




Training of School Leaders in the development of School Improvement Plans

Sole Consultant



Training Manual

     Strategic plans (12)


2017 to 2020

Facilitating the development of School Improvement Plans

Lead Consultant



Strategic Plans (4)



Review of Inter-American Development Bank Education Sector Transformation Programme Report




Report on the Facilitation of Stakeholder Review Consultation on IDB ESTP Report



Development of Moneague College’s Strategic Plan


Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2020



Negotiation of grant of £25M from UK Gov to the Government of Jamaica


Report on UK-Jamaica proposed Memorandum of Understanding for the Reform of Jamaica’s Correctional Estate



Merger of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Island Special Constabulary Force

Lead Consultant



Report on Process for the Merger of the Island Special Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force


2010 – 2012

Management Reviews of the operations of seven Teachers’ and Community Colleges

(Seven separate reports)

Sole Consultant



Management Reviews of the_____(name institutions) College


(Brown’s Town, Edna Manley, G.C. Foster, Knox, Moneague, Montego Bay, Shortwood)