Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Grace McLean will proceed on leave, effective tomorrow, October 14.
This follows a damning report by Auditor General Pamela Munroe Ellis, which highlighted several issues, including how over $120 million was spent by the Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE).
The Auditor General had pointed out that during the audit of the Caribbean Maritime University, her department identified a possible conflict of interest between the Committee and officials at the Ministry.
According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister this afternoon (October 13), an investigation is to be pursued, and Dr. Mclean’s leave will ensure there is no hindrance, real or perceived to the probe.
The OPM said it anticipates that the investigation will be thorough and expeditious.
Meantime, Chief Inspector in the National Education Inspectorate, Maureen Dwyer will assume responsibilities as Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, starting tomorrow.