ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Executive Secretary of the Board of Education (BoE), D Gisele Isaac, said her attorney will respond in writing to Cabinet regarding the 28-day suspension she received, via letter, Friday night under the letter head of the Cabinet Secretariat, Office of the Prime Minister.
The details of Isaac’s intended action(s) remained unknown up to press time, but she indicated yesterday that the legal reply should be delivered to Cabinet in advance of its scheduled meeting tomorrow (Wednesday).
However, a source close to the matter said Isaac will be challenging the suspension as it was issued without warning; outlined breaches of performance in areas not under her purview; and she was not given a hearing.
OBSERVER media obtained a copy of the two-page letter yesterday, which stated her suspension is pending an investigation into a number of accusations.
The letter, signed by the Acting Secretary to the Cabinet, Konata Lee, is dated July 18 while the Cabinet decision to suspend her was made on July 16.
The suspension letter said the reasons for Isaac’s suspension can be found in another letter of July 10 by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Michael Browne.
Excerpts of Browne’s letter were quoted in it.
Up to press time though, Isaac said she had never seen the minister’s full letter since it was not attached to the suspension letter.
The letter did not state whether the suspension is with or without pay, but it indicated Isaac would be given an opportunity for due process in accordance to the industrial relations practices of Antigua & Barbuda.
Isaac was informed of her suspension Friday night while she was hosting an event at her home around 8:45 pm.
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