Karl Samuda, Minister with responsibility for Education
Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Professor Fritz Pinnock has requested that his leave of absence be extended by a month.
This was revealed by Minister with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, during an interview on Wednesday with RJR News.
Professor Pinnock went on six weeks leave of absence last month as an investigation was launched into allegations of misconduct linked to former education minister, Ruel Reid, and the CMU.
His leave would have expired on Friday, however, Mr. Samuda said Professor Pinnock decided to extend his leave as the investigation is still in progress.
"Because the purpose for which he stepped aside and took leave was to facilitate a full and open investigation into all aspects of the institution, and he felt that that not having been concluded, he would go off for another four weeks to facilitate the proper and thorough investigation into all aspects of the CMU," the minister reported.
Professor Ibrahim Ajagunna will continue as acting president of the CMU.
Smooth resumption of classes
In the meantime, Mr. Samuda is expecting a smooth resumption of classes at the Caribbean Maritime University.
He said the university was praised for its work by the Kenyan government during its recent visit to Jamaica.
Kenya, he said, had also expressed an interest in collaborating with the CMU "to ensure that we can forge a relationsip that can redound to the benefit of both Kenya and Jamaica."