Education Ministry yet to decide on Ruel Reid’s future at JC | Loop Jamaica

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The Education Ministry is yet to make a decision regarding recommendations by the board of Jamaica College (JC) relative to the employment status of the school’s principal, Ruel Reid.

The disclosure was made by Portfolio Minister, Fayval Williams, at Wednesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing.

Reid, who is before the courts on fraud-related charges, continues to receive full payment as principal as Jamaica College from which he was seconded to become Education Minster in 2016.

However, last month, the Michael Bernard-led board wrote to Williams presenting three options for her to choose from and act on, each of which would pave the way for Reid to leave the all-boys institution.

Williams said deliberations surrounding the matter remain ongoing.

“With regards to a letter that JC announced that it sent to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, all matters with regards to JC are still being deliberated on, and at this moment there are no decisions that we would like to make any announcement on,” she said.

The JC board had anticipated an early response from the ministry in relation to its recommendations regarding Reid’s special leave.

Reid lost his place in the Cabinet in 2019 following wide-ranging allegations of fraud by him, two of his family members and two other individuals in relation to the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), which falls within the ambit of the Education Ministry.

Reid’s special leave from the school is scheduled to end on November 20, and he requested on August 2 of this year, to have his leave further extended, him having previously had such an extention.