Central High School chairman resigns amid murder charge issue
The under pressure Chairman of the Clarendon-based Central High School, Henry Morant, has resigned. This has been confirmed by the Ministry of Education.
Morant, who had been under growing pressure to relinquish his position following revelations that he is before the court on a murder charge, tendered his resignation on Wednesday.
News of his resignation has been welcomed by People’s National Party (PNP) caretaker for Central Clarendon, Zuleika Jess.
“It was the right thing to do in the circumstances, as the interest of our nation’s children must always prevail above all other considerations,” Jess said in a statement.
“We must ensure that we never again find ourselves in such a precarious position, whereby a person charged with a serious criminal offence such as murder, is appointed to serve on a Government school board,” Jess added.
The PNP caretaker has called for the revision of the fit and proper criteria for the leadership of public educational institutions.
“The current fit and proper guidelines only exclude persons with a criminal conviction, but not persons who are charged and before the courts for serious offences.
“The guidelines therefore need to be revised to preclude a repeat of this unfortunate situation,” Jess said.
Morant has reported been before the courts on the murder charge since 2011. The charge is said to have arisen after the businessman, a licensed firearm holder, shot a man at his business place after the two got into a physical altercation.