St. Kitts and Nevis, (SKN PULSE) – Many took to social media yesterday, Tuesday 24 May 2016 to ascertain whether the Education System in the Federation was under threat. News broke on social media that President of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, (CFBC), Dr. Kelvin Daly was terminated.
Such a media frenzy sparked a response from the Minister of Education, Mr. Shawn Richards on Wednesday 25 May, 2016.
Initial reports are that Dr. Daly was served a termination letter on Monday 23 May 2016 sometime after lunch and was given 20 minutes to vacate his office and by extension the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College premises. In an effort to clarify what transpired, Richards spoke to Freedom Fm’s New Desk Wednesday Morning and indicated that Dr. Daly had not been terminated. However, he indicated that Dr. Daly was asked to proceed on vacation leave by the CFBC board before the expiration of his contract which comes to an end in August of 2016, (his leave ends in July).
According to Richards, the measure was necessary to prevent the board from absorbing that cost once his contract expired. When asked if Dr. Daly’s contract would be renewed or who his successor would be, the education minister said that would be a matter for the board and referred the media outlet to the chairman Vincent Samuel, a Professor at the University of the Virgin Islands or the deputy chairman Rev. Damian Hughes of the Methodist Church.
Interestingly examination period is ongoing. Hence, it is mind boggling why such a move was made, (Dr. Daly has been President since August 31st 2013).
Addressing the Issues on Freedom FM, Former Education Minister, Nigel Carty expressed the view that the board was terminating Mr. Daly because that’s the way the Concoction operates. Carty further stated that Mr. Daly’s work wasn’t evaluated and hinted that Mr. Daly has a contract spelling out the terms and conditions of his work.