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Arraignment hearing for Principal Jean Coty Ridore set for Nov. 4

North Miami School Principal Jean Coty Ridore Arrested

Former Principal of North Miami Senior High adult education program, Jean Coty Ridore, has some hard thinking to do as he was arrested Monday and charged with unlawful compensation, grand theft and official misconduct. The Haitian-American former principal is accused for accepting $1,000 to put a fake employee on the payroll of the School system. That particular fake employee turned out to be an undercover Miami police detective.

The State attorney's office in charge of the investigation believes that Ridore was not acting alone but rather was part of a network that was involved in a well organized process to record the paperwork input false information in the school system.

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Graduating at Faculty of Law and Economics of Gonaives

On Friday, September 25, 2015, Pierre-Richard Casimir, the Minister of Justice, presided over the graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Law and Economics of Gonaïves "Hugues Saint-Pierre" (2011-2015).

The graduating course was sponsored by Minister Casimir's department and the convocation of the graduating ceremony was held in the city of Haitian independence, Gonaïves. The ceremony was attended by the dean of the Tribunal of First Instance of Gonaïves, the Government Commissioner of the city and other notable personalities. In his speech for the occasion, the minister has advised the new graduates to keep their minds open for continuous learning and development and put their learned lessons into application for the welfare of the state.

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North Miami Principal, Jean Coty Ridore, Arrested for bribery

North Miami School Principal Jean Coty Ridore Arrested

The Haitian American School Principal who has been in charge of the North Miami Adult Education Center since July 2005 was arrested on On Monday, October 5, 2015 hiring employees and then demanding illegal kickback.

His arrest came after authorities say Ridore took $1,000 in cash to hire a man, then demanded illegal kickbacks from him. What the Haitian Principal did not know was that the man he hired was actually an undercover from Miami police detective unit who was secretly recording their conversations.

According to authorities, this is not something that happened for the first time. Investigators uncovered several similar cases where School Principal Ridore had been taking advantage of his position to make illegal gains. They also discovered two ex-employees received more than $14,000 for work they did not do

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Government Crackdown on Embezzlement of PSUGO Funds

On Wednesday, July 15, at the National Palace, the President Michel Martelly met the Minister of National Education, Mr. Nesmy Manigat , the Minister of Justice, Mr. Pierre Richard Casimir, the Director General of the Unit for the Fight against Corruption (ULCC), Mr. Rodiny Jean-Baptiste and the Director General of the National Police of Haiti (PNH) Mr. Godson Orélus to take the stock of serious irregularities about the frauds and embezzlements noticed on the beneficiary fund of Universal Schooling Program Free and Compulsory (PSUGO).

An earlier investigation has suggested a much higher number of beneficiaries enrolled than the actual number of students. For example, a school in Gros Morne has 132 registered students as per PSUGO records while the actual number of such students was only 31. Similarly, a school in Carrefour with recorded 218 students, has only 45 students. Thus, thousands of US$ have been diverted by showing large numbers of fictitious students. The PSUGO pays a subsidy amount of US$ 90 per student. There are hundreds of schools located in the lower and upper Artibonite, who receive two different sources of funding for school children, from the Universal Schooling Program, Free and Compulsory (PSUGO) and the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP).

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Embezzlement of PSUGO funds, Haiti Education

ULCC Cracks Embezzlement Ring at PSUGO Schools. The Ministry of Education sent fraud protection group, Unity of Fight against Corruption (ULCC), to do an investigation on schools receiving money from the Universal Program Free and Compulsory (PSUGO), funded by the U.S.

They found embezzlement schemes at 100 schools, whose administrators were amassing large sums of money by inflating the number of students registered for school.

PSUGO subsidizes each registered student for $90 USD. State officials were also in on the scheme.

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No more Money for Proctoring and Correcting State Exams

Minister of Education, Nesmy Manigat, following a consulting session with the Trade Union and Employers' Sector, has decided proctoring and correcting of official examinations by private or public school teachers will no longer be compensated. Savings derived from this budget cut will permit inclusion of extra teachers into the education system.

A Circular was issued explaining how the decision to forgo compensation for proctoring and correcting examinations was made, and the formation of a corrective body, whose responsibility it is to ensure the integrity of the official examination process.

The Ministry of Education has been receiving complaints from the education community as well as parents, challenging the probity of the proctoring and correction process. In addition, the Commission for the Observation of the Conduct of State Examinations (CODEXE) recommended the Ministry of Education (MOE) needed to manage its resources more effectively. Together with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MENFP), CODEXE notified education leaders a decision had been made to form ". . . an official corrective body responsible for assessing student copies on . . . state exams."

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No more Money for Proctoring and Correcting State Exams

Minister of Education, Nesmy Manigat, following a consulting session with the Trade Union and Employers' Sector, has decided proctoring and correcting of official examinations by private or public school teachers will no longer be compensated. Savings derived from this budget cut will permit inclusion of extra teachers into the education system.

A Circular was issued explaining how the decision to forgo compensation for proctoring and correcting examinations was made, and the formation of a corrective body, whose responsibility it is to ensure the integrity of the official examination process.

The Ministry of Education has been receiving complaints from the education community as well as parents, challenging the probity of the proctoring and correction process. In addition, the Commission for the Observation of the Conduct of State Examinations (CODEXE) recommended the Ministry of Education (MOE) needed to manage its resources more effectively. Together with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MENFP), CODEXE notified education leaders a decision had been made to form ". . . an official corrective body responsible for assessing student copies on . . . state exams."

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Hopkins School of Nursing brings Hope and Healing to Haiti

RN Beth Sloand of Hopkins School of Nursing (HSN) has been coming to Haiti since 2000. She spearheads a program 75 students and 40 faculty members participate in. They land in Haiti three times each year to treat and educate local communities on clean water and sanitation practices. Because the school has gotten to know the communities over a long period of time, and built trusting relationships, change has been able to take hold, making small improvements possible.

HSN's mission is to offer hope and sustainable resources to residents. According to Sloand, oftentimes students "develop a heart for Haiti", making their work ". . . heartbreaking and hard to swallow." She adds in 2010 the situation after the earthquake was dire: infrastructure was reduced to rubble in communities and peoples' health was endangered by homelessness and the cholera epidemic. She remembers her team treated hundreds of survivors, ". . . but there would still be children crying for shelter or medical care . . ." Despite the pain, it motivated everyone to persevere.

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The UPS Foundation to help fund YMCA d'Haiti Literacy Program

On January 30, 2015, the UPS Foundation held a function that served as a handing over ceremony of a check the corporation has donated to fund a literacy program in Haiti. The UPS division, which has been a leader in programs of global citizenship, has given $30,000 USD to the cause, handing the donation over to the YMCA d'Haiti Literacy Program, which is an organization with the mission of teaching the skills of literacy and reading to the youth, seniors and women who are underprivileged in Haiti.

At the ceremony, the corporate executives of the UPS were present including the UPS Caribbean country manager, Pedro Capote, the UPS Americas Region vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Charnley Conway, as well as members of staff of the YMCA d'Haiti including Board Chair, Roges Lamothe, and the General Secretary, Gwénaël Apollon. The grant will service two of the community centers of the YMCA in Port-au-Prince and Laboule. The current programs offered will benefit through an advancement in their capacity to reach more of the old, young and women who gain knowledge through the activities and initiatives given.

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New salary scale for teachers in the public sector in Haiti

A new salary scale for the nation's teachers was published recently by the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) with the help of the Office of Management and Human Resources. The scale was developed with consideration to three criteria developed for the purpose with technical aid from the Management Board and Human Resources. It is part of a bigger plan to overhaul the education system, in which teachers will also benefit from better working conditions and an overall fortification of teaching practices and the education system as a whole.

The scale was based largely on the new system for job classification developed, but also took into consideration what the country would be able to afford. The classification, which is ranked according to teacher qualifications, is listed as A, B, and C. Using this scale the following three factors will determine a teacher's 'job class': 1) The current career level of the teacher, which includes a look at their experience, 2) Their qualifications, which includes certification through training, and 3) Their professional performance and track record as an educator.

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