Alexandra probe winding down

After more than 30 witnesses giving oral evidence over 36 days, the public aspect of the Commission of Enquiry into the Alexandra School ended today. Now, it’s up to the lawyers representing various parties impacting the administration and management of the St. Peter learning institution to make their varying arguments to sole Commissioner Frederick Waterman.

These private submissions will take place on Wednesday, after which the former High Court judge will author his report with recommendations submitted on the basis of his terms of reference.

Senior counsel to the commission, Milton Pierce, said the addresses would begin after a day’s break because the several counsel needed to prepare. In addition to Pierce and his junior Michael Yearwood, the commission will be addressed by Principal Jeff Broomes’ counsel Vernon Smith, QC, and Cecil McCarthy, QC, counsel for the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union Hal Gollop, and counsel for the chairman and board of management of Alexandra, Guyson Mayers.

Before this evening’s adjournment Waterman thanked “the members of the public for their attendance and for their interest shown”. (SC)

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