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Kingston, Jamaica, February 3, 2018: The People’s National Party today announces that educator Keisha Hayle will be the party’s candidate in the North West St. Andrew constituency by–election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Derrick Smith.

Miss. Hayle who is the Principal of Padmore Primary in West Rural St. Andrew, has been an accomplished teacher creating “miracles” at the school which prior to her arrival there was on the list of failing institutions.

Her mission there was to “rescue” the school which was on the brink of closure. Since then, the school has significantly improved its performance and in 2015, sixteen students secured top scores in both GSAT and Grade Four literacy test, with one girl gaining 99% average and a place at Campion College. Miss. Hayle is both the Principal and Grade 6 teacher.

For her achievement, Miss Hayle was the recipient of the 2015 Gleaner Honour Award for Education and was described as “no ordinary woman” and a trailblazer in education.

The new PNP candidate, who holds separate degrees in Psychology and Politics from the University of the West Indies, has been a career teacher of seventeen years and served at the Red Hills Primary School before going to Padmore.

Politically, she has been active in the PNP organisation in West Rural St. Andrew serving as Constituency Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Red Hills Division. A born and bred Kingstonian from Waltham Park Road, Miss Hayle has been a forceful community activist. She has an impressive record of community service, particularly in Red Hills and is pledging to rekindle the flames of nationalism in North West Andrew by “awakening and shaping the constituency spirit giving direction, purpose and organisational form”.

The PNP candidate is also pledging to promote the interests of the people by organising a political machinery which caters to the constituency’s holistic needs, including economic, political, social, infrastructural and cultural. Miss Hayle is committed to providing an environment in which all members of the electorate are encouraged, motivated and respected.

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