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Revoked - Education Minister terminates appointment of Prickly Pole Primary school board chairman

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2015 | 4:16 PM
In the letter to the former board chairman, education minister Ronald Thwaites said he is satisfied that she was “part of a group who disrupted classes at the School and further participated in a demonstration where students from the Prickly Pole School took part”.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites has terminated the appointment of chairman of the Prickly Pole Primary School in Claremont, St Ann, Vinette Robb-Oddman.

The termination is effective today.

Robb-Oddman has come under fire for her decision to take students from the St Ann school to participate in a political protest.

The controversy deepened when word came that an 11-year-old student, who reportedly left the school to participate in the protest, died.

READ: Student dies in rush for political protest, education minister angered

Robb-Oddman has maintained that the schoolgirl did not participate in the protest.

Thwaites wrote to Robb-Oddman notifying her of the termination today.

In the letter to the former board chairman, the education minister said he is satisfied that she was “part of a group who disrupted classes at the School and further participated in a demonstration where students from the Prickly Pole School took part”.

Thwaites says these actions are contrary to the high standards of superintendence required of a School Board Chairman.

According to the Education Ministry, in terminating Robb-Oddman’s appointment, Minister Thwaites consulted with the National Council on Education which had formally nominated her as Chairman in accordance with the provision of section78 (3) of the Education Code of Regulations (1980).