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Ministry Of Education: Recommendations on the Probe into Nessa Gopaul’s Death

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Various probes continue into how the complaints by Neesa Gopaul, the teenage girl found dead a few weeks back, were handled. Disciplinary action appears to be the outcome of all those investigations. Now Queens College, Guyana’s leading secondary institution is finding itself centre stage.
The QC head teacher, the deputy head and at least 3 other teachers are expected to face disciplinary action for the way the school handled the young woman’s complaints of abuse at home.

The disciplinary action ranges from demotions to non promotions and forms part of recommendations made by a team set up by the education ministry that looked into the school’s handling of the young woman’s problems.

Neesa Gopaul’s badly battered body was found lifeless in a suitcase at a creek along the Linden Soesdyke Highway a few weeks back. The gruesome murder sparked a national outcry for justice and forced the government to launch several investigations into how many of its agencies handled the girl’s earlier plea for help.

Just yesterday the Human services Minister Priya Manickchand announced that 2 of her social workers attached to the child care agency will be sacked and another one will face a longer probation period.

Now the Education Ministry will find itself dealing with the recommendations of its own probe. The young woman’s story of abuse was first taken to the human services ministry by students and teachers of Queens College and sources at the school are adamant that the teachers did their part and even reported the matter to the school’s welfare department. The recommendation to block promotions and to demote is not finding favor with many at the school who believe that the teachers did what was best for the child and did all that they could do. Still it appears as though the government wants to get to the very bottom of the case.

Teachers at Queens College this afternoon appeared shocked with the findings of the report and the recommendations. One teacher said when the girl’s abuse became evident, teachers carried out investigations, compiled reports and handed those reports over to the human services ministry and child welfare at the education ministry. The QC head teacher would offer no comment when contacted today. Today was her last day on the job as she heads into retirement.

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