TVJ informed prestigious all-boys institution, Kingston College KC this week that the school has been banned from Schools Challenge Quiz. The reason given is that KC, the school which has won the quiz more times than any other school in Jamaica, brought the competition into disrepute last year.
Camperdown, which took TVJ to court over the handling of one of the matches, has also been barred from the competition for 2017 and 2018. Alas, in a letter to KC's Principal, Dave Myrie, TVJ's General Manager, Claire Grant, cited an outburst from one of the school's quiz coaches as the reason for the ban.
Coach Kenyatta Powell accused TVJ on social media of unjustly ending KC's run in the competition during a hotly contested match with Campion College. The dispute drew the attention of Jamaica's former Ambassador to Washington and KC Old Boy, Stephen Vasciannie, who insisted that justice should prevail and the the match be awarded to KC.
Vasciannie told Grant that the deduction of four points from Kingston College during their quarter-final match, which resulted in KC being belatedly declared losers to Campion, is unfair and unjust. He warned the TVJ General Manager that the integrity of the competition, which has a rich history, is at risk. Former Jamaica Bar Association President and KC Old Boy, Ian Wilkinson, also expressed similar concerns.
KC has 7 days to appeal the two-year ban.
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