Charges of lateness and absence ‘not true’
The Alexandra School teacher against whom an allegation of non teaching led to a strike affecting the institution in January, has refuted she was either late or absent without permission for 40 times since returning to work.
Head of Alexandra’s Science Department, Amaida Greaves, questioned the accuracy of the statistic 22 times late in arriving at school, and 18 instances of leaving the St. Peter plant without Principal Jeff Broomes’ permission or knowledge, today.
She was giving evidence for a third straight day at the Commission of Enquiry into the administration and management of the St. Peter school when it continued at the Wildey Gymnasium, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Greaves was responding to questions from Broomes’ counsel Cecil McCarthy, QC, who asked if the information about her alleged lateness and absence was true. She asserted she had “not been late that often”.
“Sir, that is news to me too,” she said. “I don’t know anything about that. I have not left school during working hours, I have left school during lunch, I have not left school during teaching hours without telling the office or the deputy principal.”
“This thing about however many times being late I have come to the school and I have been there prior to him (the principal) on many occasions as well.”
McCarthy told the commission it was “his understanding” that the reported lateness related to mornings and leaving the school compound without permission related to during the school day.
The teacher testified that she usually notified the school secretary and/or deputy principal if she was leaving the school compound during lunch time, and that there were occasions when, because she lived in St. Lucy and worked in St. Peter, she would have to transact business elsewhere, including St. James.
“I have always made sure that the principal knows if I am leaving at teaching time,” she said.
“I am certainly not aware of being that late that many times, I don’t know where that came from.” (SC)