The Manchester High School Past Students' Association has taken Education Minister Ronald Thwaites to the Supreme Court over his alleged refusal to appoint insurance consultant Donovan Mayne as its representative on the school board.
Attorney-at-law André Earle, who is representing the association, obtained an order from Justice Sarah Thompson-James last week Friday, to apply for judicial review to quash the minister's decision not to appoint Mayne.
The matter has been set for first hearing on November 14.
In court documents, the association outlined that on January 10, its executive committee selected Mayne as the body's representative on the school board.
The association contends further that letters were written on July 5 and July 29 calling for the education minister to appoint Mayne, but Thwaites has not responded.
The Education Regulations make provision for a representative of the past students' association to be appointed by the minister to the school board.
In February, the National Council on Education reportedly wrote to the principal of the school pointing out that Mayne was democratically nominated and could only be hindered if there was legitimate evidence to prove that he was not a fit and proper person.
CALL FOR NEW NOMINEE
On June 12, the council wrote a letter informing the association that based on discussion with key stakeholders of the institution and a review of the issues brought to the council, it was of the view that the interest of the school would be better served if another nominee was identified to serve.
The association is contending that the education minister's decision not to appoint Mayne to the board is a breach of the rules of natural justice because the association was not a party to the discussion with key stakeholders.