KINGSTON, Jamaica September 12, 2021 - Following the publication of information in Friday’s papers which indicate that dismissed former Minister of Education Ruel Reid and former head of Caribbean Maritime University Fritz Pinnock are still being paid some $11M of tax dollars, the Opposition is expressing alarm and demanding an explaination from the Government.
In a statement, Shadow Minister on Education, Dr Angela Brown Burke said she was astounded by the news pointing out that “ Professor Pinnock is on interdiction and the law provides for some payment during this period but the basis on which Ruel Reid is being paid is questionable. We believe it is important for the terms to be made public to remove any appearance of impropriety. Furthermore, this untidy matter must be quickly disposed of by the judicial system to reduce the burden on the public purse.”
Dr. Brown Burke is reminding the Government of its fiduciary responsibility to the country and is urging them to align their spending decisions to the contexts of our current economic situation. “We wish to remind the Government that many Jamaicans are currently navigating a pandemic, many unemployed or with reduced income and the associated decrease in purchasing power.
Our schools are still unable to meet the basic requirements to offer a good virtual learning experience for students, teachers are struggling and parents are unable to purchase devices for their children. We therefore expect the Government to act in ways that protect the public — not create further harm and mistrust.
Reid and Pinnock are still before the court where charges have been proffered against them for their specific roles in the multi-million dollar scandal that rocked the Education Ministry in 2019.