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Part One

Introduction

Background

1.1 The Caribbean+Maritime+Institute">Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) was established in 1980 by the Government of Jamaica and the Kingdom of Norway to train professional seafarers; primarily Jamaican, to operate what was then the Merchant of Marine Fleet. The CMI was converted to an Executive Agency under the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing in April 1, 2001 and is the only internationally recognized maritime training and educational institution in Jamaica and the Caribbean, delivering educational training across three faculties. These are: The School of Marine and Professional Studies, School of Academics Studies, and the School of Advance Skills, which caters to industry needs by providing short courses. 1.2 CMI core programmes are accredited by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ). In addition, CMI continues to maintain its ISO 9001:2008 certification from Lloyd Registers on Quality Assurance (LQRA), for its Quality Management System (QMS). 1.3 CMI operates in a global space that caters for both the core marine and allied industry courses aimed at producing internationally competitive seafarers. CMI relevance is dependent on its ability to maintain its strength as an internationally recognized institute through the provision of maritime education and ensuring that pool of competent expertise are developed to ally to industry needs. CMI continues to forge partnerships with international shipping companies to provide training and seek employment for Cadets, student and officers.

Vision Statement

1.4 The vision of CMI “is to be the premier institution of choice for maritime education, training and applied research within the Caribbean and beyond.”

Mission Statement

1.5 The mission of the CMI “is to provide solutions through the application of knowledge, talents, and skills to continue to redefine the boundaries of tertiary education and professional maritime training.”

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Table 4 - Part time Adjunct Lecturers fee claims

Period

Number of Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer fee claims

($)

2014/15 N/P3 49,467,130.72

2013/14 N/P 52,560,594.47

2012/13 N/P 33,631,697.50

TOTAL 2534 135,659,422.69 Source: Information provided by CMI

2.14 We also noted that CMI overpaid two employees salary totaling $471,500 (Table 5) during the period 2012 and 2015, due to the incorrect computation of hourly rates. The officer’s signed employment contract, which stipulates that half the prescribed hourly rate will be paid, based on their qualification for lecturing hours. However, CMI paid the two officers the full rate ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 per hour, in breach of the contract agreement. To date, CMI has not taken steps to recover the overpayments.

Table 5 - Schedule of Salary Overpaid

Employee Amount due ($)

Amount Paid ($)

Overpayment ($)

Employee 1 124,500 249,000 124,500

Employee 2 347,000 694,000 347,000

471,500 943,000 471,500

Source: AuGD compilation from CMI records

One in three CMI‘s cadets did not gain seafarer experience

2.15 CMI Placement Procedures states that “Sea service is considered as part of a Seafarer training, as it allows for the practical application of the knowledge acquired in the classroom to ship-board experience. This is in keeping with International Maritime Organization standard that requires Seafarers to be trained in accordance with Standards of training, certification and Watch keeping (STWC) 1978 convention.” 2.16 Over the period 2007-08 to 2011-12, Of the 438 enrolled cadets, 247 cadets completed seafarer experiences and 152 cadets (or 38 per cent of cohort) were not exposed to seafarer training in contravention of the IMO policy and CMI Procedure; while the remaining 39 did not complete the studies. Consequently, the 152 students have not received the relevant certification to be gainfully employed as seafarers and would have difficulty obtaining employment on ships. We also noted that the percentage of cadets who graduated declined from a high of 46 per cent in 2007-08 to a low of 20 per

3 Not provided

4 CMI only provided total figure for the three years

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