Providenciales, 23 Feb 2016 – The Minister of Education & the National Scholars Committee lost in that case against them where three students claimed they had been robbed of beneficial scholarships.
In a landmark ruling, Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay Hale this morning determined that indeed Tristan Greene, Ryesha Higgs and Davonte Smith were all tied for third and therefore all deserved to get the reward of a third place finish.
The families are thrilled at this outcome, which impacts Ryesha and Tristan, specifically.
The CJ has quashed the decision to refuse awarding Higgs and Greene their scholarships and she ordered that the Minister and the Committee now reconsider their decision.
It means both Ryesha, who is already on the Dean’s List at Long Island University in NY as a biology student with a 3.8GPA should get her up to $40,000 per year, to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree through the government’s scholarship programme.
Tristan Greene is still at the British West Indies Collegiate working on his A Levels and it means he too has now earned the same thing according to the judge.
In a time when parents are often around the court house for children who have had suspect run-ins with the law; these parents were fighting for their super intelligent children to get what is now deemed their fair due.
All three in the law suit earned nine As on their IGCSE exams; nine As. All three are tied. One argument of the complainants did fail though; they lost on the point that students who got IGCSEs or CXCs with excellent grades on less sittings should be seen as higher achievers.
If this had been granted by CJ Ramsay Hale, the three filing the suit would have been tied for first, and not third. IN truth, then there would have been a four way tie for first among the 2014 finalists in the National Scholars winners.
Ryesha is in university now, but her mother told us 18 year old Miss Higgs had hoped the case would not come to court; that she had written to the committee explaining the conundrum and that she had copied Minister of Education, Akierra Missick on the matter.
The reply to Ryesha, we are told, was a letter dismissing her concern. As for how this mix up happened… it was that the Committee suddenly altered their decision making process because of the ties they faced with that 2014 bunch. The Collegiate and Cambridge value as higher, the IGCSEs completed with higher A grades… Davonte Smith had his A grades, with stars which means he earned higher scores than Tristan and Ryesha.
But the TCI has not adopted this criterion for itself, so that is where they were challenged and today, Attorney Clayton Greene managed to snag a precedent setting victory for his son and another.
As for what is next; the board now must decide how it will furnish Higgs and Greene with their scholarships.
It is unclear if they will receive this retroactively.
Educational Aids Strengthen Learning Experience for Provo Students
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Scores of students in Providenciales will benefit from back-to-school supplies donated by Sandals Foundation Ambassadors at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort, strengthening the instructional process in four schools at the start of the new school term.
More than 2,000 students from Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron, Oseta Jolly and the Thelma Lightbourne Primary Schools were presented with a generous supply of educational materials including notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners, knapsacks, reading material, sports gear and musical instruments from members of the philanthropic arm of the family all-inclusive resort. While sharing the gratitude for the gifts received, the leaders at the various institutions lauded the efforts of the more than 20 volunteers on hand.
Neekimo King, Principal of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School shared, “Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation over the years have adopted our institution as their own. These reading books will go a far way in increasing our library stock and improving literacy among the students while the physical education and the guidance counseling units have received lots of materials to bolster the learning experience for our students.”
Sophia Garland, Principal of the Enid Capron Primary School was equally elated as she expressed how beneficial resources will be for the teaching and learning process.
“These supplies, including the books, will definitely aid in increasing literacy amongst the students and the many teaching aids that we have been received will create an environment that is conducive for teaching and learning.”
In sharing with the schools, James McAnally, General Manager at Beaches resort noted, “Sandals Foundation and the resort remain committed to the development of the education of our children, the environment and the communities in which we operate. These four government operated primary schools were identified for these supplies to help in fostering their academic and extra-curricular growth.”
McAnally continued, “A big thank you to the Sandals Foundation Ambassadors who came out and helped with making these distributions possible.”
Vice principal of the Oseta Jolly Primary School, Diana Dean, also expressed gratitude noting, “With these tools, I am sure the students will be excited about learning and the teachers will be better equipped to deliver the lessons.”
The Sandals Foundation and Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort have long been supporters of education and community development in Turks and Caicos, donating to a number of schools and youth sports programmes. Since 2011, the organisations have been assisting students at Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron Primary Schools and other schools across the islands in their holistic development by providing educational supplies and the opportunity for Sandals and Beaches resorts guests to meaningfully engage with the students through a weekly literacy enhancement programme, hosted in partnership with Island Routes Tours – Reading Road Trip.
Header: Staff and students from the Enid Capron Primary School share a moment for the cameras with members of the Sandals Foundation team as the school received educational items from the Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation.
Insert: James McAnally, General Manager, Beaches Turks and Caicos (front left) makes a presentation to members of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School recently with sporting gear and educational items looking on are members of the Sandals Foundation team, Sesame Street Character
PRESS STATEMENT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Ministry responsible for Education confirms that a recent report of alleged sexual abuse was brought to the attention of authorities at a particular school. For the protection of the child, we will not divulge details of this matter. We do acknowledge that there were issues experienced which resulted in less than appropriate response to the incident.
The Ministry is continuing its investigation of the incident, in its totality and has since requested a comprehensive report on the response from all involved. Several meetings, visits and discussions were held. The key is to ensure that the minor involved is afforded additional counselling and care and that other students within the institution are also afforded the relevant support needed. The Student Support Services has been active in coordinating this response which is currently in operation.
As an immediate further action, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) entities will convene and existing protocols will be reviewed and investigations conducted to determine the consistency of the response, exactly where the established protocols were not followed and the subsequent actions to be taken.
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services considers its responsibility for the Safeguarding of children of utmost importance. In so doing, the Ministry of Education has instituted a number of measures over the years to ensure that allegations of abuse to children in schools are treated with urgency. The creation of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was created to ensure that teachers, leaders, Social Workers, and Police can respond to allegations with the child’s safety and protection as the core consideration. Child safeguarding remains the Ministry’s primary concern.
UB Statement: Portia M. Smith Building Under Assessment
#The Bahamas, January 27, 2023 – In response to concerns expressed, University of The Bahamas released a notification on Thursday 26th January 2023 that effective immediately the Portia M. Smith Building at the Oakes Field Campus is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.
Immediate steps have been taken to engage the Ministry of Environmental Health to conduct a thorough assessment of the building. In the interim, personnel assigned to Portia M. Smith have been instructed to work remotely to maintain the continuity of operations. A further communication will be issued once the assessment has been completed as we continue to provide timely updates.
Please be assured that the health, safety, and welfare of members of the University community and the general public are paramount and we are working with urgency to address this matter.
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