Tucker civil case in hands of judge
A civil case brought by a former primary school principal against the Public Service Commission and the Board of Education after she was overlooked for the Commissioner of Education post ended yesterday.
Gina Tucker, who has also worked in several other senior roles in education, claimed in her affidavit that she had “not been fairly treated or properly considered” for the job, which was given to Kalmar Richards, the former principal of CedarBridge Academy, in September 2018.
Dr Tucker earlier claimed that her relationship with Valerie Robinson-James, the permanent secretary at the education ministry, had soured after a disagreement over a decision to offer the Commissioner of Education post to Paul Wagstaff, a British education expert, in 2016.
However, Delroy Duncan, who represented the education board, said there was no evidence to support the allegation.
Dr Tucker said she wanted the appointment of Ms Richards quashed and an order made for the application process to be held “fairly and in accordance with the Education Act 1996 and the Public Service Commission Regulations 2001”, as well as costs.
Assistant Justice John Riihiluoma reserved judgment.
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