By Pam Destings
“For too long we sit idly by, seeing injustice and say nothing.”
It appears that the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) isn’t only a place of learning but also a place to hide.
Around February 2021, someone who played a prominent but unsuccessful role in the 2015 and 2020 general elections on behalf of the ruling Unity Labour Party was “transferred” to the college to “fill” a post that did not previously exist nor was ever advertised as having been created.
A look at the government Gazette will show this person was “transferred” to another post, with no mention of their being at the Community College.
Like a ghost, no one sees this person, and the individual doesn’t even have an allocated office space at the institution. And while the college’s staff has seen little of this ghost, the ghost was very visible on stage at a recent ULP event at Russell’s auditorium .
The ghost’s duties at the college include overseeing and coordinating college outreach activities and events such as conducting presentations at secondary schools and participating in various career fairs and activities, but this job is done by the Registry department. It is not something the ghost has ever done. So what does this ghost do exactly at the SVGCC?
Since her appointment at the SVGCC this ghost has done nothing, has achieved nothing, other than collecting a high salary paid for by our taxpayers’ money. In true ghost fashion, she did not even bother to show up to the staff meeting where she was introduced to the staff of the college and it was an online meeting for all staff. These are the perks you get as kickback for your unsuccessful work on behalf of the party. You get a permanent “vacation” masked as a job, that you’ve never actually spent a day doing, in an institution where the head, the director, can’t even object to your placement there.
If the excuse of “working from home” was to be used to justify the absence, then that would be a clear lie, since the college requested all employees to resume full-time face-to-face work.
So, as our taxpayers money is squandered on hiding this ghost at an institution since they couldn’t be reinstated into their previous profession, the ghost still lingers while others at the college slave to ensure the success of the nation’s youth, even though they are frustrated and unmotivated by the management of the college.
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