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Honouring the contribution of Merida Delcy in education |05 October 2021

Honouring the contribution of Merida Delcy in education

Merida Delcy decided to leave the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of her native island, Praslin, to experience the hustle and bustle of the main island Mahé.

All she wanted was to pursue her career as a teacher.

She had the essence of what it entailed as she was a supply teacher for two years teaching at Baie St Anne primary school from January 1973 to December 1974. Mrs Delcy joined the Teacher Training College (TTC) in 1975.

Upon completion of her three-year training, she was posted at the Good Shepherd primary school as a Lower Primary teacher.

During her 48 years employed with the Ministry of Education, Mrs Delcy has taught, led and headed different educational institutions.


Educational journey of Mrs. Delcy

January 1973 to December 1977

Was a supply teacher

January 1978

Became a certificated teacher on probation. Posted at Good Shepherd primary school as a Lower Primary teacher.

December 1979

Passed her probation successfully

August 1987

Promoted to post of Studies Coordinator at Mont Fleuri primary

January 1992

Appointed head teacher of Mont Fleuri school.

September 2002

Proceeded on overseas training at Reading University in the UK, for a Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership and Innovation. Training was for 1 year.

January 2004

Promoted to Director’s post responsible for the Non formal, Early Childhood and Primary Schools Section.

January 2007

Promoted to Director General for Schools

January 2011

Promoted to Principal Secretary for Education.

With restructuration, was transferred to the post of Principal Secretary for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary in 2015.

1 November 2016

Was promoted to Special Advisor


Mrs Delcy participated in numerous workshops and conferences, both nationally and internationally. Below are some of these workshops:


20 – 26 Juillet 2005

A participé a un séminaire régional sur l’Analyse des documents pédagogiques et les pratiques de suivi dans l’approche par compétences

10 -17 September 2006

Participated in Working meeting of the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) in Kasane, Botswana

16 – 18 Octobre 2008

A participé aux Journées de réflexions sur la pratique de la dynamique partenariale tenues à Dakar au Sénégal, organisées par CONFEMEN (Conférence des Ministres de L’Education des pays ayant le français en partage

12 – 21 October 2011

Attended a course in Singapore on Education – Excellence in Public Schools

28 – 31 August 2012

Attended the 18th Conference of Education Ministers in Mauritius

4 and 5 July 2013

Attended SADC Ministerial Conference of Education for children with disabilities being educated in mainstream school held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

11 to 18th August 2014

Accompanied Minister for Education to Reunion Island to attend Regional Conference on Education.

19 – 22 Mai 2017

A participé au Forum Mondial sur l’Education tenu à Incheon, République de Corée

5 – 7 Décembre 2017

A participé au Séminaire international sur le financement de L’Education tenu à Libreville au Gabon.

25 – 27 April 2018

Attended the Pan African High-Level Conference on Education held in Nairobi, Kenya

21 – 23 January 2019

Accompanied the Minister at the Education World Forum in the United Kingdom

7 December 2019 -

Reached retirement age and Ministry wanted to avail of her services for continued employment. Was given a year.

20 – 22 January 2020

Accompanied the Minister at the Education World Forum in the United Kingdom

31 December 2021

Retired from Education


Mrs Delcy has during her long career served on different committees. She was a member of the Language Policy Review Committee in March 1994. She has been both a member and the chairperson of the Teachers Day committee since 1996. She sat on the Means Testing Board; now Social Welfare Agency from 2004 to 2007.

As a recipient of The MA cohort, Mrs Delcy has tutored both groups of students on the Masters Degree Course. The Lincoln University’s MBA students from 2004 to 2007 and the Warwick University’s MA students from 2008 to 2010.

The Ministry of Education would like to express its gratitude to Mrs Delcy for her long years of dedication, hard work and commitment to the education system.


Special message for your retirement from us to you

“We honour and thank you for your dedication and service to our education system. Thank you for all the lives you have impacted over the years. May the contentment of a job well done fill your life with happiness.

“The education community has learned so much from you. You disturbed a mighty river by dropping in a stone. For the thousands of pebbles, you have dropped in the water the ripples are endless. Thank you for the guidance and outstanding leadership provided throughout the years.

“You have worked a long time and travelled a lot of miles to get to this point and no one deserves the retirement more than you. This is your time … time to move on and see what the next chapter of your life will bring. Enjoy this new journey of your life. Cherish every moment as we will cherish every moment spent with you. “Happy retirement!”


Contributed by the Ministry of Education

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