Attorney representing Dr Grace McLean, Peter Champagnie says she’s yet to decide whether she’ll contest in court, a decision to have her interdicted.

The former Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, has been interdicted by the Office of the Services Commission.

The interdiction means the embattled civil servant is barred from returning to the Education Ministry in her substantive post as the country’s Chief Education Officer.

Her leave from the Ministry expired yesterday.

Mr Champagnie says Dr McLean was advised of the interdiction last evening.

Nora Gaye Banton reports…


Mr Champagnie says Dr McLean has not yet determined whether she’ll challenge the matter.

Dr. McLean is barred from returning to the Education Ministry until its been determined whether she’ll be required to repay a portion of $124-million which allegedly remains unaccounted for at the Ministry.

That determination is to be made by Financial Secretary, Darlene Morrison.

The sum in question is related to payments made to the Joint Committee on Tertiary Education, JCTE. The Committee is chaired by Dr. Cecil Cornwall.

Auditor General, Pamela Munro Ellis, has recommended that surcharge proceedings be instituted against Dr. McLean and former Permanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Dean Roy Bernard, following an audit of the Ministry.

Mr Champagnie says she maintains she’s done nothing wrong.

Peter Champagnie, Defense Attorney representing Dr Grace McLean.

He refused to be drawn on whether Dr McLean was aware of the $124-million transaction.

The Auditor General had also recommended that investigators be called in to probe the multi million dollar payments.

The funds to the JCTE were reportedly paid over 2 and a half years, despite the entity becoming a private organization.