The fallout from the scandal gripping the Caribbean Maritime University, CMU, is intensifying.
The Chairman of the university’s governing body, its Council, Dr. Hyacinth Bennett has resigned with immediate effect.
And, there’s indication that the entire council will be fired.
Dr. Bennett’s resignation comes after a damning special report from the Auditor General revealed systemic break downs in governance and management at the university.
Chevon Campbell reports.
Minister with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, confirmed with Nationwide News this afternoon that Dr. Bennett’s decision was arrived at in consultation with him.
It’s understood that Dr. Bennett’s resignation is effective immediately.
Dr. Bennett’s exit follows the damning findings of the Auditor General’s report of breaches of fiduciary and corporate governance leveled against the management of the university.
Documents obtained by Nationwide News suggest there were attempts by the Council under Dr. Bennett to investigate these breaches as early as March of last year.
According to the minutes of a Council meeting of March 25, 2019, a special meeting was convened at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
The meeting was called to seek answers from the CMU leadership in response to allegations of impropriety related to then Minister of Education, Ruel Reid.
The allegations were leveled by Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips at a press briefing on March 18 that year.
According to the report the CMU was highlighted as one of the portfolio entities requiring investigation.
The Council then established a sub-committee to launch an independent investigation into the allegations.
According to the report the team’s remit was not limited to the allegations of the Opposition Leader, but also any other issues that might surface.
Dr. Bennett also indicated that she would meet with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education to obtain assistance in bolstering the governance framework of the CMU.
Meanwhile, Nationwide News understands that the Holness administration is considering whether to sack the entire Council.
Minister Samuda would not confirm or deny if this is true. He says the situation is still in a developing stage.