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Education minister to discuss future of Hampton board following apology from members

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2017 | 4:19 PM
Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid

Education Minister Ruel Reid is to discuss the future of the board of the Hampton School for Girls after its members were forced to apologise to him for the manner in which it handled the request for the submission of a report on the conduct of the school's principal.

According to a release from the education ministry this afternoon, the minister is to hold discussions with Dr Brian Morgan, chairman of the Munro and Dickinson Trust, on the constitution of the Hampton school board going forward.

This is after the board chairman and members apologised to the minister at a meeting held yesterday, acknowledging that they had not acted properly in the matter.

At the meeting, board members reportedly acknowledged that no independent investigation was done to verify the conduct of the school's principal, Heather Murray, separate from the account she had given.

Murray's leadership of the school was called into question after she attended a court hearing involving a pastor on sex charges in the St Elizabeth Parish Court.

The apology from the school board came after the education minister reminded members that they were accountable to him as set out in the Education Act and the Education Regulation 1980.

"The minister also reiterated that the matter was not handled with transparency by the board, adding that it was made to appear in the public domain that there was contention between the members and himself," the release from the education ministry stated.

"The minister also pointed out that a legal advisor to the board was not a member and so for them to have inserted a lawyer into a board meeting was a breach under the Education Regulation," the release further stated.

The education minister has accepted the apology.