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Education ministry requests status of Central High chairman court case

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Education says it has requested information on the status of the case before the courts pertaining to the Chairman of the Board of Management of Central High School in Clarendon.

The ministry was responding to calls for the removal of the board chairman on the grounds that he was allegedly appointed to the post while facing a criminal charge before the court.

However, the ministry in a statement this afternoon said it will await a full update before making a determination on the appointment.

The ministry nonetheless stressed that it does not make recommendations for appointments to school boards, but it is guided by the requirements of the Education Regulations which set out the groups and entities that may nominate or elect persons for appointment by the minister to school boards.

One such body it said is the National Council on Education, which has developed its own guidelines for persons nominated by the Council for appointment to school boards.

Under the guidelines, prospective board members must be a fit and proper person, meaning someone who is of sound mind and who has not been convicted of an offence under certain legislations, including Offences Against the Person Act; the Child Care and Protection Act; the Sexual Offences Act; or have committed acts of fraud. They also should have attained at least a secondary level education.

To qualify as board chairs, individuals have to attain at least post-secondary/vocational education and gained a minimum of three years’ experience in supervisory management.

The ministry said that board chairs should also have a proven record of accomplishment in supervision and management; have a keen interest in education and nation building; and possess excellent negotiating, inter-personal and conflict resolution skills.

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