Conflict of Interest and micromanaging at NIPA under the nose of the Minister EYS.
PHILIPSBURG:--- Students and the staff of NIPA are currently living under severe fear as the current chairman of the Supervisory Board of Directors Antonio Aventurin held a meeting with the students on Thursday afternoon and appoint himself as Interim Director of the institution after the board took the decision not to renew the contract for Taseena Maccow-Thomas who was even escorted off the property last week. SMN News learned that Maccow-Thomas was gotten rid of by the board. According to information, SMN News got from the Minister is that an evaluation was conducted on Maccow-Thomas performance and she scored low, however staff at the school said that no evaluation was ever conducted and that the board have decided not to renew several other employees contract without reasons. Another staff that was also dismissed is Shameda Weeks the Marketing officer. All of whom were dismissed without reasons.
SMN News learned from staff and other board members that no evaluation was conducted and local professionals are being put aside even though they are qualified. At least one staff member who was at the meeting on Thursday confirmed that Aventurin met with the students and staff on Thursday where he presented himself as the new interim director and at the same time the students were threatened that if they ever approach the media they will be expelled from the school.
SMN News contacted Aventurin on Thursday and asked him about the nepotism and conflict of interest since he is the head of the Study Financing Department, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of NIPA, and now the Interim Director, Avebturin said he did not see any conflict of interest in the functions he holds.
It should be noted that Antonio Aventurin was working with the current Minister of EYS in her cabinet, and he was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board by the said Minister, Aventurin is also the Head of Study Financing.
When SMN News contacted Aventurin on Thursday and informed him of the nepotism and conflict of interest he asked if his 20 years in education is not enough for him to hold the various positions. Seemingly, Antonio Aventurin forgot about the issues he encountered at MPC. On Saturday SMN News called the Minister of EYS several times for a comment on the developments at NIPA, at first the Minister did not answer her phone but she did respond via Whatsapp and said that the case surrounding Maccow-Thomas is in dispute and she is not at liberty to discuss it. It should be noted that Maccow-Thomas is taking NIPA to court for
On Saturday SMN News called the Minister of EYS several times for a comment on the developments at NIPA, at first the Minister did not answer her phone but she did respond via Whatsapp and said that the case surrounding Maccow-Thomas is in dispute and she is not at liberty to discuss it. It should be noted that Maccow-Thomas is taking NIPA to court for the way she was treated, conflict of interest and micromanagement.
SMN News also called Antonio Aventurin on Saturday morning and he too did not answer his phone. While Taseena Maccow-Thomas is the latest victim of the supervisory board other staff members faced the same with their contract not being renewed, while the former Minister of Education Patricia Lourens who was the director of NIPA resigned because she could not cope with the attitude she was getting from the Supervisory Board.
The current situation at NIPA has created fear among the staff and students who feel that they are being victimized and are treated more like slaves.
In a previous article, SMN News published it states that a member of the board was forced to resign as he is representing the unions on the board. In the same article, it also states that Taseena Maccow-Thomas will be taking NIPA to court for the way she was treated.