Retired QC Heateacher Weighing Legal Options
The former headteacher of Queens College has begun consulting her attorneys as the education ministry appears to be sticking to its position that she be demoted. Yesterday the education ministry withdrew the sanctions it issued against 3 other teachers but did not budge on the demotion for the headteacher who recently headed off on pre-retirement leave. If the demotion sticks, it means the former headteacher of the senior secondary school would be retiring as a deputy headteacher of a Grade A school. That would mean a substantial loss in her gratuity and other retirement benefits.
In the demotion letter to the QC headteacher before she headed off on leave, the permanent secretary of the education ministry pointed out to her that in conduct as headmistress of Queens College she failed to take the necessary actions expected of a headteacher with the responsibility of children’s welfare. All of that has to do with the school’s handling of the Neesa Gopaul matter, the former QC student who was murdered and who’ mother and the mother’s boyfriend are currently facing murder charges.
As far as the education ministry is concerned the school should have done more although it was the school which took the girl’s complaints of abuse to the education ministry, the police and child protection services since October of last year, that’s an entire year before the young woman was murdered. In addition, Neesa Gopaul last attended Queens College in June of this year and did not return to the school when classes resumed in September for the new school term.
The union intends to continue engaging the ministry with regard to the sanctions against the former headteacher who is still to break her silence on the entire situation and how the school dealt with the concerns.
Many in the education sector remain baffled as to the education ministry’s response pointing out that the school did its part and it was the same ministry and other government agencies that failed the young child.