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Education Ministry rejects reports it shredded documents to hinder probe into CMU

The Education Ministry is rejecting as false, reports that it shredded documents related to the Caribbean Maritime University in a bid to impede investigations. 
 
Earlier this week, the Parliamentary Opposition called for an investigation to ascertain whether crucial documents at the Ministry were destroyed. 
 
In a media release Thursday afternoon, the ministry said all documents related to the Ministry's engagement with the CMU have been made available to the authorities as requested.
 
However, it noted that certain documents were destroyed after former education minister Ruel Reid was fired.
 
It said this was in keeping with normal Cabinet Office procedures for when there is a change in ministers within an administration or when there is a change of government.
 
The ministry said in such circumstances, all Cabinet documents issued to outgoing ministers are to be destroyed and a Certificate of  Destruction with the list of the documents disposed of presented to the Cabinet Office. 
 
It said this procedure was followed earlier this year based on a directive dated April 3 to Acting Permanent Secretary Dr. Grace McLean, from Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Douglas Saunders, following Mr. Reid's departure.
 
The ministry and the CMU have been mired in scandal surrounding alleged corrupt activities.
 
 


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