Saturday, October 30, 2010
Queen's College teachers to be disciplined for inaction in Neesha Gopaul case.
The head teacher, the deputy and three other members of Queen’s College staff have been recommended for disciplinary action for their poor involvement in protecting Neesa Gopaul. This announcement came yesterday from Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon.
According to Dr. Luncheon the investigation which was carried out by the Ministry of Education found that at least five staff members including the Head Teacher and the Deputy were culpable of not doing their best to render assistance to the teen.
Dr. Luncheon said that the disciplinary action will include denial of seniority and demotion. He said that reports are now available from the teams assembled to examine the roles of Government functionaries in the Ministries of Human Services and Social Security and Education.
“From those teams recommendations have been made regarding the staff and those deemed culpable and recommendations are now available from the Human Services Ministry and have been publicised,” the HPS said.
Recommendations in similar impact and gravity have been made in the Queen’s College report that deals with certain staff members (about four to five, including the headmistress), being recommended to be disciplined in the form of demotions and denial of seniority.
Dr. Luncheon said that “the actual compilation of all that went wrong with the inputs from Government agencies into Gopaul’s case would be done, and assuredly would form part of the learning experience for those who enter into the delivery of social services on Government’s behalf.”