As promised BU produces the letter in its original form which the BSTU sent to the Chief Education Officer arising from a ‘secret meeting’ under his chairmanship. It does not matter how anyone tries to interpret the letter, to any competent person (counsel), the threat and inference is crystal clear. If one compares what is stated in the last paragraph of the letter attached to what was reported in the Nation today, “BSTU first vice-president Erskine Padmore said again yesterday that his members would resume work as scheduled pending the findings of the Waterman Commission Of Inquiry, set up to look into affairs at The Alexandra School.” The BU family can draw one sensible conclusion.
Can anyone explain anyway why the Chief Education Officer Laurie King held a secret meeting with the BSTU immediately following the COI – at a cost of $600,000.00 – which was expressly established to to make the AX Mess a transparent affair? Let us forget about the decision by Commissioner Waterman to hold the COI summations of counsel in camera.
BU raises AGAIN the question of conflict of interest by Keith Simmons, a member of the Public Service Commission – employer of those employed at Alexandra School – and also the chairman of the management committee of Alexandra School. When it was suggested to him by counsel that he was in conflict of interest in holding both those posts, he replied that he was not and if a conflict arose, he would recuse himself from one or the other. Why can’t he see his roles as being improper and that by holding both posts and being privy to confidential information from both, he is in conflict of interest? What manner of lawyer is entitled to wear silk in Barbados again?
The other issue about the Commission of Inquiry which bears close study is to examine its remit, i.e. to investigate matters that occurred in 2011 (a) the refusal of Amaida Greaves to teach for a long period of time; (b) the letter from the Principal complaining of this; and (c) the conduct of the Principal at Speech Day. For some reason best known to Commissioner Waterman the CIO directed itself to investigate a matter since 2002 by introducing a document (transcript) which is highly suspect based on information posted by BU.
BU ask Commissioner Waterman AGAIN why has the COI not produced the transcripts for the last 7 days of the hearing, which covers the matter of interest to Bajans? The matter about which our Fourth Estate went dark. The matter which raises the occurrence of perjury.