Former board chairman of the Dunrobin Primary School in Kingston, Edward Nugent, is expressing shock after receiving a letter from the Education Ministry yesterday informing of his immediate removal from the post.
The letter came a day after Nugent held meetings with school officials reiterating the board’s December decision not to extend the provisional appointment of Noel Watt as acting principal.
Nugent told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that Watt turned up for school on Monday despite being informed by the board that his six-month appointment from July 1 would not be extended beyond December 31.
He argues that the board had legally carried out its duty as Watt had failed to deliver on expectations of his appointment.
Nugent says the Education Ministry attempted to re-engage Watt without the board’s permission resulting in a conflict.
And the former board chairman says attempts to have interviews to select a replacement had to be cancelled after it was discovered that the board was not properly constituted.
Nugent says he is still considering how to proceed as no reason was given for his removal and his reputation is at stake.
When contacted Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, who signed the letter removing Nugent, said he acted in accordance with the 1980 Education Regulations.
He refused to indicate whether Nugent’s removal had anything to do with the board’s decision not to reappoint Watt as acting principal.
He stressed that the action was taken after many failed attempts to settle outstanding issues through meetings with the board under Nugent’s chairmanship.
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