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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 7, 2015
Parents chased away a Stan-
dard One teacher from the San
Fernando TML Primary School
yesterday, after he tried to report
for classes four years after being
suspended for inappropriate
Taking no chances, the parents
locked arms and formed a human
barricade outside the school in
San Fernando. They vowed to take
all action necessary to stop
teacher Alfaz Hosein from being
in contact with their children.
While police kept watch, a few
parents even escorted their chil-
dren out of the gates upon hearing
that "sir was coming back."
The bearded teacher, who wore
a topee, first arrived around 10.30
am with two police. They advised
that he had authorisation from
the Ministry of Education to enter
the school. But angry parents
demanded to see the authorisa-
tion letter, saying the ruling by
the Teaching Service Commission
to reinstate him was wrong.
President of the
(PTA), Wazir Hosein, said, "We
do not understand what is hap-
pening. We have a confession
from him...We have numerous
complaints about him that he is
not doing his job, yet we see that
he is being allowed back. We will
have none of it."
Hosein said he gave evidence
at the tribunal yet never got any
official news about the reinstate-
ment or findings.
"We tried to get information
about the ruling and we did not
succeed. We now have to use the
court to get it. If it is true that
he has authorisation, we will
appeal the matter," Hosein vowed.
After Hosein was chased off,
he returned to the gates again
around noon accompanied by
Insp Harripersad Ramnarine. A
meeting was subsequently held
with the school supervisor and
Ramnarine later said it was col-
lectively agreed Hosein would not
enter the compound.
Hosein said parents did not
want to subject the students to
undue stress. He said a meeting
will be held this weekend to
decide the next step.
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President Anthony Carmona had
given a lifeline to nine men serving
life sentences for the murder of
the brother of infamous drug king-
pin Nankissoon "Dole Chadee"
Carmona yesterday reverted their
case to the Court of Appeal to con-
sider fresh evidence which may see
all nine walk free after serving over
a decade of their sentences.
His exercise of his power under
the Supreme Court of Judicature
Act comes three years after the
State s main witness in the case,
Junior Grandison, admitted that he
lied during their trial.
Since Grandison s shocking rev-
elation, the men s families have
made numerous appeals to the
Office of the President to reopen
the case. Most recently, one of the
men, Damian "Tommy" Ramiah,
hired leading British Queen s Coun-
sel Edward Fitzgerald to take up the
Grandison was the State main
witness against Ramiah, his brothers
Bobby and Seenath, Daniel "Fella"
Gopaul, brothers Richard and Leslie
Huggins, Mark "Bico" Jaikaran,
Michael "Rat" Maharaj and his
brother Samuel and Junior "Heads"
Grandison s change of heart is
not expected to affect Phillip, as
another State witness gave addi-
tional evidence against him in the
All ten men were convicted and
sentenced to hang at the end of a
month-long trial before Justice
Stanley John in 2001.
Their appeal was dismissed by
the Court of Appeal but their death
sentences were commuted by the
Privy Council because of a delay in
the hearing of their appeal.
Thackoor Boodram, a driver with
the Telecommunications Service of
T&T (TSTT) and a pig farmer, was
kidnapped on December 20, 1997.
In the early hours of the following
day, his brother Mahadeo Motie was
contacted by the abductors. Ten
days later police received an anony-
mous call and found Thackoor s
severed head in a whiskey box at
the Caroni Cremation site. The
post-mortem showed he had been
shot in the head three times.
According to Grandison s affi-
davits sworn in June 2011, he was
coerced by Thackoor s brother,
Panalal Boodram, to give evidence
against the men. The two met while
they were both on remand at Golden
Grove Prison, Arouca, and together
they concocted a plan for Grandison
to testify against the men during
an ongoing preliminary inquiry into
Thackoor s death.
In his affidavits, Grandison
admitted that he was not involved
in the murder but he managed to
convince police he was by using
details provided by Panalal.
A date for hearing of the case is
to be set by the Court of Appeal.
Manager of the school and representative of the Muslim Board
of Education, Sheraze Muradali, said yesterday that the board
was also in the dark. He said the teacher was charged for
inappropriate conduct at the school.
Saying the board had not received any reports from the
ministry detailing why the teacher was allowed back in school,
Muradali said discussions were continuing.
"Until we get something in writing we cannot allow him in here.
If we get a copy of the authorisation we will look at it and we will
appeal it because the grounds is for him to be dismissed not sent
to another school," Muradali said.
Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh could not be reached for
comment yesterday as calls to his cellular phone went
unanswered. His communications officer Visham Ramsawak said
based on all the evidence given, the ministry passed information
to the Teachers Service Commission, who cleared the teacher of
"He has to be reinstated. The Minister of Education, the CEO
and the Permanent Secretary does not have the power to
transfer that teacher to another school," Ramsawak said.
Contacted yesterday, president of T&T Unified Teachers
Association (TTUTA) Devanand Sinanan said he would
investigate the matter before he made a comment. The teacher
declined comment outside the school yesterday.
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TML BOARD IN DARK
A group of parents form a human barricade outside the TML Primary School in San Fernando yesterday, in
attempt to prevent teacher Alfaz Hosein from returning to duty. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Carmona refers Dole Chadee
case to Appeal Court
Parents chase teacher back from suspension
No way sir
Teacher Alfaz Hosein stands
outside the compound after being
denied entry. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
President Anthony Carmona
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