A statement from the Ministry today said "In light of questions in the public domain and a recent newspaper article entitled “Conflict of interest or ‘trivialities’? Cornwall’s WHI bags lion’s share of ministry funds under CAP, COS as he headed partner agency,” the Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams has contacted the Auditor General who is currently probing the relationship between the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information, Western Hospitality Institute (WHI) and Joint Committee of Tertiary Education (JCTE).
Education Minister Fayval Williams has asked the @AuGDJa to expand a probe at the ministry following a Sunday Gleaner investigation highlighting potential conflicts of interest involving two multibillion-dollar programmes.— Jamaica Gleaner (@JamaicaGleaner) April 20, 2021
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According to Minister Williams, “We must answer to public concerns.” The Auditor General is the constituted authority to independently carry out these assessments”.
The Minister noted that concerns have been raised regarding the relationships with the Ministry and the entities as they relate to the Career Advancement Program (CAP) and Center for Occupational Studies (COS) programs. These questions require clarification.
She said, “the full report that is expected from the Auditor General will ensure the mandate of probity and accountability are maintained within the Ministry.”
The Minister has assured the Auditor General that the Ministry stands ready to cooperate fully.
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