KC, Camperdown banned from Schools' Challenge Quiz

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July 01, 2016
file Dave Myrie, principal of Kingston College

Many time champions Kingston College has been banned from participating in TVJ's Schools' Challenge Quiz (SCQ) for two years.

Camperdown has also been banned from the competition for three years.

Claire Grant, the general manger of Television Jamaica, confirmed the ban last night. She said that the schools were written to yesterday and advised of the decision after they were found to have breached the rules of the competition.

Kingston College and Camperdown have seven days to appeal the decision. THE WEEKEND STAR was reliably informed that the board of directors of Kingston College would hold an emergency meeting to discuss the matter.

"After careful deliberations, Television Jamaica Limited has determined that the actions by one of the sitting coaches for Kingston College, Mr Kenyatta Powell, during the 2016 TVJ SCQ season, was an act that caused prejudice, damage and tainted the reputation of the quiz and brought both entities into disrepute," the letter sent to KC's principal, Dave Myrie, said.

Earlier this year, the schools locked horns with TVJ alleging that unfair practices by the organisers robbed them of the chance of lifting the winner's trophy.

Following his former school's exit at the quarter-final stage in March, Stephen Vasciannie said the integrity of the competition, which has a rich history, is at risk.

Vasciannie argued that the deduction of four points from Kingston College during their quarter-final match, which resulted in KC being belatedly declared losers to Campion College, was unfair and unjust.

Grant, in the letter to Myrie, said that the panel, which considered the matter, found that by his public outbursts, Powell, "by suggesting that the station was being intentionally dishonest in its execution of the quiz and launching an unrelenting campaign against the station and the quiz, is a clear breach of Rule 9."

WARNED ABOUT BAN

Grant noted that KC was warned that it could be banned from the competition from as far back as March 17 when the TVJ wrote to the principal and suggested that actions be taken against Powell.

"You indicated that Kingston College discreetly took action, which included removing Mr Powell as coach. However, TVJ was never made aware of this publicly or privately until weeks after the competition ended, and Mr Powell's public attacks on the station and the competition never ceased," Grant said.

"Up to now, the school has not sought to publicly dissociate itself from Mr Powell and make it clear publicly in any forum that they were not in support of his outbursts, even though Kingston College has been aware of TVJ's concerns about this issue for some time now," the letter added.

Camperdown High initiated legal action after an incorrect tally of the scores resulted in a rematch being ordered with Ardenne High.

Ardenne won that match.

And having rushed to the Supreme Court, Camperdown lost again as the court refused an application for an injunction to stop the competition.

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