A press release from the Office of the Prime Minister said Mr. Holness met with Minister Reid this morning regarding certain allegations in the public domain.
"In keeping with the principles of good governance, I requested and received Minister Reid’s resignation," the prime minister is quoted as saying.
The release said "the Minister’s resignation will ensure that any investigation into matters of concern will not be in any way impeded by his presence or oversight of the Ministry."
Minister Reid has also resigned from the Senate.
The Ministry of Education Youth and Information will now fall under the temporary supervision of the Office of the Prime Minister which will start its own review of the ministry and its agencies.
On Monday, Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips, called on Auditor General, Mrs Pamela Monroe-Ellis, to immediately investigate allegations of breaches and misuse of public funds, involving the Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).
Dr Phillips said the Opposition was aware of the issues of cronyism, nepotism and corruption at the CMU and how funds allocated from HEART NTA to the Ministry for the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) and the TVET Rationalization Programme are being utilized.
The Opposition said it was aware and had been receiving information that politically connected persons have been employed as advisors, but who have not been operational or doing any work and collecting hefty salaries, which is a clear case of misuse of public funds.
He said these allegations on the surface required further investigation by the appropriate authorities and as such the opposition called on the Auditor General’s office to carry out investigation into the matter and report to parliament.
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