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Scores of affected students
who sat the GOVT 3020 Power
and Politics in Latin America
Examinations at the University
of the West Indies (UWI), St
Augustine, are left upset and
frustrated after they were told
by UWI officials they would
have to resit the examinations.
They were informed over the
weekend that the exam scripts
were stolen from a vehicle,
owned by an examiner.
It is alleged that the vehicle
was broken into and several items
stolen, including the examination
scripts, which is written up by
students. TT Guardian was
informed the vehicle belonged
to lecturer Kristy Smith.
Smith is a full-time employee
at UWI and is in charge of the
evening university, the evening
administrator. She also teaches
Speaking with the TT
Guardian yesterday, a student,
who wished not to be identified,
described the situation as unfair.
"We are caught in a hard place
because preparing for exams at
this level is already stressful,
more than words can ever
describe, and for us, who sat the
exams felt that relief coming out
of the examination room and
now being told that we have to
resit the exam is so unfair to us
and so unbearable the thought,"
the student said.
GOVT 3020 Power and Pol-
itics in Latin America is an
undergraduate programme and
falls under the Department of
Political Science, which is headed
by Dr Bishnu Ragoonath.
The student said they were
threatening to send a signed peti-
tion to UWI s registrar demand-
ing a full explanation. The exam-
ination was held last May 11.
TT Guardian was informed a
meeting was held by UWI offi-
cials subsequent to the incident
to discuss and attempt to resolve
the matter in accordance with
the university s regulations per-
taining to lost examination
In accordance with the reg-
ulations, the affected students
were given three options.
Firstly, either, completing a
substitute examination, the form
to be authorised by the chairman
of the Campus Committee on
Examinations. That substitute
examination has been scheduled
The second option entails
writing the next scheduled
examination in the course,
example, supplemental or repeat
examination, abiding by the
grade obtained in that exam.
In a memo, sent by Jessie-
Ann George, senior assistant reg-
istrar (examinations), with
regards to the second option, an
examination will be offered in
the summer examination session
on a date to be identified.
In the meeting, TT Guardian,
was also informed that it was
agreed that in the event candi-
dates were unable to accede to
the first option or sit the summer
examination, they would be
allowed to write the examination
in the 2015/2016 Semester II
The memo was sent to all
affected students and they were
asked to identify their preference
by ticking a box accepting the
respective option and then
returning a signed copy to
George by Friday.
When contacted yesterday
afternoon, UWI s pro vice-chan-
cellor and campus principal, Pro-
fessor Clement Sankat, who said
he was just about to board an
aircraft said he did not know
anything on those issues and
referred the TT Guardian to the
campus registrar Richard Saun-
However, an official at the
registrar s office said Saunders
was out of the country and asked
that he be emailed the relevant
questions. Saunders responded
acknowledging receipt of the
questions and assured an official
response from UWI would be
sent shortly to the T&T
Guardian. However, up to press
time that response was not sent.
All other attempts to contact
George, Ragoonath and Smith
for comment proved futile.
Senior Counsel Israel Khan has
denied having any contact with
chairman of the Integrity Com-
mission (IC), retired justice Zainool
Hosein, since the date he was
appointed to lead the body.
In a letter yesterday, Khan sought
to make it clear he never had any
discussions with Hosein pertaining
to the Emailgate investigation.
The letter was in response to an
article which appeared in yesterday s
paper which said Khan had indi-
cated that the only time he (Khan)
had discussed the matter with
Hosein was when he sent the letter
demanding that the matter be expe-
Khan yesterday stressed that he
had sent a letter to the commission s
registrar Martin Farrell on April 29
seeking an update on the investi-
gation which had been conducted
over a two-year period.
He forwarded the copy of the let-
ter which was sent to Farrell.
After UWI scripts stolen from vehicle...
to resit exam JENSEN LA VENDE
After being turned away on Monday, the families
of three murdered people, all Muslims, finally got
their autopsies done at the Forensic Science Centre
(FSC), St James, after off duty pathologist Dr. Eastlyn
Mc Donald-Burris agreed to come out to do them.
The T&T Guardian was reliably informed that Dr
Mc Donald-Burris was supposed to be off this week
and Dr Hughvon des Vignes was scheduled to work
However, Des Vignes will return to Trinidad from
Tobago today to resume duties. No explanation was
given to the T&T Guardian for his two-day absence.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday, FSC director
Arlette Lewis referred all questions on the lack of
pathologists to the Communications Unit of the Min-
istry of Justice. Lewis said the code of conduct for
the public service did not allow her to share such
On Monday, at least six funeral agencies took 15
bodies for autopsies but were left disappointed after
all of them were cancelled due to the non-availability
of a pathologist.
Yesterday, Shyam s Funeral Home, Boodoo s Funeral
Services and Ogeer s Islamic Funeral Services were
the only agencies called to the FSC.
The agencies came for the bodies of Ashanti Debidin,
Kameel Ali and Ishmael Mohammed, who were mur-
dered on Saturday. Under Muslim rites, the Sanat al-
Janazah (Muslim funeral last rites) is supposed to take
place as soon as possible and this was the reason the
autopsies were facilitated yesterday.
Speaking with the media afterwards, a relative of
Ali said she was upset at having to wait most of the
day Monday only to be told the autopsy would not
"After 1 pm, or maybe later, someone came and
told relatives there will be no autopsies. After waiting
so long, that was so disappointing," the woman, who
did not want to be identified, said.
In a telephone interview yesterday, forensic pathol-
ogist Dr Valery Alexandrov, whose term at the FSC
ended in January, said had he been contracted he
would have come out on his vacation to do the autop-
Alexandrov said he was brought here seven years
ago as there was a shortage of pathologists and queried
why the Government was taking so long to renew his
"I was interviewed on April 22 and it is like a mar-
riage proposal. It is either yes or no. If they don t
want me, then fine, I take my stuff and go home. I
will be leaving the country on June 5 and if nothing
from those bureaucrats then I will sell my car and
leave. There is a limit to everything," Alexandrov said.
The Russian-born forensic pathologist added under
former minister of justice Hubert Volney his contract
was automatically renewed.
He said even with three doctors the FSC would
still by understaffed by two doctors and the five mor-
tuary attendants currently there, three of them women,
also were insufficient.
to do autopsies
Khan on Emailgate:
No contact with
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