Fired five years ago - Teacher gets back his job
After fighting a legal battle for almost five years to get back his job at The Queen’s School, St Andrew, senior teacher Hubert Smith was finally reinstated yesterday.
Attorney-at-law Andre Earle, who represented Smith, said he sent a copy of the judgment of the Court of Appeal to the Ministry of Education and requested that Smith should be reinstated immediately and paid salary and emoluments owing to him.
Smith was dismissed in September 2012, following a hearing by the disciplinary committee of the school board.
The hearing was held following a complaint by the Caribbean Examination Council that there was duplication by some students in the School-Based Assessment for the subject Principles of Accounts. The students’ exams were cancelled.
Smith taught four of the five students who were allegedly involved in the incident.
Following his dismissal, Smith took the matter to the Teachers’ Appeal Tribunal, which ruled that there were breaches of the Education Regulations by the disciplinary committee.
The tribunal ordered that Smith should be reinstated.
However, the school board took the matter to the Supreme Court. The board was granted leave in 2015 to go to the Judicial Review Court in an effort to have the Tribunal’s decision quashed.
Smith appealed against the order for leave to go to to the Judicial Review Court. The Court of Appeal ruled that the school board should not have been given leave to appeal.