CALL ON CONTRACTOR GENERAL TO PROBE BOOKMARKERS CONTROVERSY – Millions spent, possible procurement breaches, Govt refuses to name Printer

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Opposition Spokesperson on Education and Human Resource Development, Mrs. Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert says that while she has no problem with the Ministry of Education issuing souvenirs in honour of Jamaica’s 50 years of independence; the expenditure of several millions of dollars on bookmarkers, some bearing a picture of Minister Ronald Thwaites representing a clear breach of protocol, possible breaches of procurement guidelines and the refusal of the Ministry to name the Printer are of deep concern.

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Ronald Thwaites

 

Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert said that the Ministry of Education has the highest duty of all to teach our children about the importance of reverence for national symbols especially against the background of the plan to re-introduce Civics in schools. It is shameful then that the bookmarkers intended for school children had the representation of the flag at its base with a picture of the Minister’s face superimposed on it.

 

Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert also calls on the Contractor General to immediately conduct a probe into the controversial affair in part after the unconscionable conduct by (Acting) Permanent Secretary, Grace McLean who as the Chief Accounting Officer in the Ministry refused in a recent media interview to name the Printer of the bookmarkers, despite the fact that the public has a right to know.

 

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