SSFL: Fyzabad suspended over transcript fraud
Fyzabad Secondary School will take no further part in this season’s Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) after it was decided at the end of an executive meeting of the league that the team had taken action that was too egregious to allow them to continue.
The school had been found to have doctored Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) transcripts for two students, Dez Jones and Maurice Dick, so as to validate their placement in Lower Form Six and allow them to play in the SSFL.
It was later revealed that the players did not have the passes to matriculate to Form Six, with Jones holding one subject, Principles of Business and Office Administration, and Dick, holding one, in Physical Education.
There are still questions over whether it was the players or the school that falsified documents and initially, Fyzabad had been docked nine of their 10 points this season, with the SSFL deciding that all games involving the two players would be void.
Today, however, the SSFL released a statement saying, the league ‘regrettably has no option but to suspend Fyzabad Secondary’.
According to the release, Fyzabad submitted documentation that in January, Jones sat two CSEC exams, while Dick sat one, meaning the two would have four ‘o’ level passes each and therefore qualified to remain in Lower Form Six.
“The League having completed its investigation is satisfied that the two students did not have the necessary qualifications for placement into Lower Form 6 and moreso that the documents submitted to gain admission into Lower Former 6 were in fact fraudulent,” read the release.