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LANDMARK JUDGEMENT expected in case of Scholars vs Education

AK Missick

Providenciales, 20 Feb 2016 – In a precedent setting case which alleges the National Scholars Committee cheated three 2014 Graduates of their rightful reward, the closing statements are made and a decision is to be announced officially on Monday.

Tristan Greene, Ryesha Higgs and Devonte Smith are suing the Minister of Education and the Committee for the alleged infraction which they say denied them their true due.

The trio contends the Committee made their selections in a system which is flawed and even concluded there were blatant inconsistencies which robbed them of helpful scholarships.

The Turks and Caicos customarily presents top CXC performances with a national scholars titles and scholarships.

Greene, Higgs and Smith represented by attorney Clayton Greene laid out a case which they tell Magnetic Media actually demonstrates that the top prizes rightfully belong to them; they maintain that traditional procedures were not followed.

The three, all past students of British West Indies Collegiate had earned nine IGCSEs each; all with Distinctions or As.

The Ministry and the Committee defend their processing and their selections as thorough and fair.

Nonetheless the complainants are optimistic and Magnetic Media was told: “Tristan Greene, Ryesha Higgs and Devonte Smith along with their parents are anxiously awaiting Chief Justice, Ramsay Hale’s Official judgment in the case Greene et al Vs Minister of Education and CXC National Committee which is expected to be handed down in the TCI Supreme court on Monday February 22nd 2016.”

If the group wins this case, it would be historic, it would likely dictate a more transparent and open national scholars selection process and it could mean they each receive the reward of a Government scholarship.

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