Miss Jess says that the Party was yesterday informed by senior officials at the Ministry of Education that Mr. Morant had resigned as chairman of the school board.
“I wish to commend the Ministry of Education for acting on the Opposition’s calls for the resignation of the school chairman. It was the right thing to do in the circumstances as the interest of our nation’s children must always prevail above all other considerations.”
In addition, the PNP is again urging action on the re-constitution of the Board of the National Council of Education which is a bipartisan multi-stakeholder body which regulates school boards, inter alia, and insulates them from crude political considerations.
Miss Jess stated that, in such a context, the People’s National Party is prepared to work with the government to ensure bi-partisanship in education and the management of school boards. There is also need for the revision of the fit and proper criteria for the leadership of public educational institutions.
“We must ensure that we never again find ourselves in such a precarious position, whereby a person charged with a serious criminal offence such as murder is appointed to serve on a government school board.
The current fit and proper guidelines only exclude persons with a criminal conviction but not persons who are charged and before the courts for serious offences. The guidelines therefore need to be revised to preclude a repeat of this unfortunate situation.”
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