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Dismissed Morant Bay High principal to be reinstated

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 6:32 PM

Dismissed principal of the Morant Bay High School in St Thomas Dalton Shaw is to be reinstated.

The Supreme Court made a consent judgment yesterday clearing the way for Shaw to get back his job.

He was also awarded legal costs by the court.

The Attorney General's Department agreed that the Teachers' Appeal Tribunal erred in upholding the decision of the school board to fire Shaw.

The Personnel Committee convened a meeting in 2014 following complaints against Shaw.

At the end of the hearing, it recommended that he should be fired.

He appealed to the tribunal which dismissed his appeal.

Shaw, who was represented by attorney-at-law Andre Earle and Ricardo Maddan, took the matter to the Supreme Court challenging his dismissal.

He told the court that the Personnel Committee was improperly constituted as one of the persons who made complaints against him sat on the panel and participated in the proceedings.

He also contended that two persons who were not members of the school board voted at the meeting on October 21, 2014 which resulted in his dismissal.

Shaw argued that as a result, the committee's recommendation for his termination and the board’s decision to fire him were null and void and of no effect.

The Minister of Education, the Teachers Appeal Tribunal and the Board of Management of the Morant Bay High School were the defendants.

Attorney-at-law Carla Thomas from the Attorney General's Department represented the defendants.