More questions emerge concerning consultants employed to Education Ministry

More questions are being raised about the number of  consultants employed to the Education Ministry amid allegations of  impropriety involving booted education minister Ruel Reid. 

Chairman of  Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, (PAAC), Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says there are discrepancies in relation to disclosures made last year when information on consultants across all ministries was provided by the government. 

He raised the issue during an interview with RJR News last night.

“Almost a year ago there was an issue about consultants and we asked for a list of all consultants in government employee and we got the list. Just today I reviewed the list and I found that at the time, there was only one consultant identified at the Ministry of Education. And now to be hearing about others persons - it appears that persons are contracted in different ways as consultants - if it is so.”

In June 2018,   Reid revealed that two other consultants, Brittany Singh Williams and Garfield Higgins, had also been engaged by the ministry.

However, there are now reports suggesting additional consultants had been hired by the ministry through the Caribbean Maritime University, including former Jamaica Labour Party  Member of Parliament  Othneil Lawrence.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that he had asked for Reid's resignation in keeping with the principles of  good governance.

He said this was after a meeting with  Reid regarding certain allegations in the public domain.

Meanwhile, Dr. McNeill says while a police probe is underway the PAAC will have to meet to look into the systemic issues at the education ministry 

He  is hoping to set a meeting date to discuss the issue when the committee meets next week.


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