Three days later, Hector Stephenson, executive director of the OEC and local registrar of CXC, responded.
"Thanks for your correspondence.
Last Thursday, Stephenson
confirmed that the allegations of plagiarism and SBA tampering at the Westmoreland-based schools had surfaced in May.
had discussions with the principals of the two implicated institutions.
"Both of them denied that there were irregularities.
I didn't do any further investigations at that point," said Stephenson
, even though a single SBA had not been examined.
DIDN'T NOTICE EMAIL
According to the local CXC
asked the complainant for additional information to substantiate the claim, but did not receive this.
However, when our news team pointed to an email containing one of the SBAs sent to Stephenson
by the whistle-blower, he
accepted that he
had the evidence needed to proceed with the probe, but said he
did not know that he
had received the email.
"I will definitely look at it.
I will complete the investigation into the complaint that was made.
The investigation was stalled because of a lack of information.
Now that we have the information, we will proceed," Stephenson
The local registrar also said the SBAs will now be examined and the students will be interviewed.
assured that the probe into the allegations of impropriety will be taken to "its logical end".
However, he stressed that complaints of this nature must be handled with care because the reputation of students, the principal, and the school are at risk.
PRINCIPALS UNCOVERED NOTHING
The principals of the implicated schools have already denied that anything untoward took place at the institutions.
Rayon Simpson, principal of Belmont Academy
, told The Sunday Gleaner that after discussions with Stephenson
earlier this year, he
thought the allegations of impropriety died a natural death.