Caribbean Maritime University CMU

Education Ministry Denies Shredding Documents Relating to CMU Probe


The Education Ministry is rejecting as false, a recent report in sections of the media that persons at the Ministry destroyed documents related to the Caribbean Maritime University, CMU.

The Ministry in a statement today refuted the claim that shredding was done since March this year in a bid to impede investigations.

This as the CMU has become embroiled in a money scandal allegedly involving stakeholders in the Education sector.

The MOE says all documents related to the Ministry’s engagement with the CMU, whether through Memoranda of Understanding or service agreements, have been made available to the relevant authorities as requested.

The Ministry says in keeping with Cabinet Office procedures, when there’s a change in Ministers within an Administration or a change of Government, Cabinet Documents issued to outgoing Minister(s) are to be destroyed.

It also says a Certificate of Destruction with the list of documents disposed of, is to be presented to the Cabinet Office.

The Education Ministry says the procedure was followed earlier this year following a directive from Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders to Acting Permanent Secretary Dr Grace McLean dated April 3, 2019.

The Ministry says this followed the resignation of then Senator Ruel Reid as Minister of Education, Youth and Information.

While it admits documents were shredded it says allegations that CMU-related documents were destroyed in an attempt to impede investigations are therefore false.

Neika Lewis is an award-winning journalist with over 7 years of experience across radio, tv and the print media. A CARIMAC alum, Neika copped the Prime Minister’s Youth award for journalism in 2017. Her reporting on a Jamaican pilot incarcerated in Qatar in 2015 led to his release. Neika hunts for human interest stories.

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