CASE is owned by the Government of Jamaica and operated through the Ministry of Education.
LEGAL STANDING: THE CASE SCHEME ORDER
In exercise of the powers conferred upon the Minister by section 13(2) of the Education Act 1965, the College of Agriculture, Science and Education Scheme Order (CASESO), 1995, was approved by the Jamaican Parliament, effective October 1, 1995; this parliamentary decision was gazetted on Monday, January 1, 1996, and established the legal basis for our existence as a legitimate, degree- granting tertiary level educational institution. Copies of the CASE Scheme Order are available in the Library, for perusal by interested students.
Citation: This Scheme may be cited as the College of Agriculture, Science and Education Scheme, 1995.
Interpretation: In this Scheme
‘Academic Council’ means the constituted Council of Studies under paragraph 17.
‘Approved Course of Study’ means any course of study offered by the College .
‘Board’ means the Board of Management of the College
‘Chairman’ means the Chairman of the Board, and includes any person appointed to act temporarily as Chairman
‘College’ means the College of Agriculture, Science and Education
‘Faculty’ means the teaching and research staff of the College
‘President’ means the person appointed under paragraph 12 (1)
‘Recognized body’ means any body, other than the College, whose degree, diplomas, certificates or other awards are recognized by the Board
‘Registrar’ means the person so appointed under paragraph 12 (2)
Establishment and constitution of Board:
- There shall be established for the purpose of this Scheme, a body to be called the Board of Management of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, which shall be a body corporate to which the provisions of section 28 of the Interpretation Act shall apply.
- The Board shall consist of fifteen members appointed by the Minister of whom —
- one member shall be the President;
- one member shall be the representative of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture;
- one member shall be the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Mining;
- one member shall be the representative of the University of the West Indies and shall be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor of that institution;
- three members shall be appointed from persons appearing to the Minister to be representatives of the College Community, that is to say members of staff of the College and Student Council;
- eight members shall be appointed from among persons appearing to the Minister to be suitably qualified for such appointment.
- The appointment of every member of the Board shall be evidenced by instrument in writing and such instrument shall state the period of the office of the member which shall, subject to the provisions of this Scheme, not exceed three years.
- Every member of the Board shall b eligible for re-appointment.
- The Minister shall appoint a Chairman or Vice-Chairman from among the members of the Board and, in case of the absence or inability to act of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman shall perform the functions of the Chairman.
- If any member of the Board, other than the Chairman or Vice-Chairman, is absent or unable to act, the Ministry may appoint any person to act in place of that member.
- Any member of the Board, other than the Chairman, may at any time resign his office by instrument in writing addressed to the Minister and transmitted through the Chairman and from the date of receipt of such instrument by the Minister, that member shall cease to be a member of the Board.
- The Chairman may at any time resign his office by instrument in writing addressed to the Minister and such resignation shall take effect as from the date of receipt of that instrument by the Minister
- Any member who fails to attend meetings of the Board for a continuous period of six months without excuse acceptable to the Board or without being granted leave of absence from the Board as the case may be shall cease to be a member of the Board.
- The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of any member of the Board.
- If any vacancy occurs in the membership of the Board such vacancy shall be filled by the appointment of another member.
- The Chairman shall preside at meetings of the Board and in his absence the Vice- Chairman shall preside; and if the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are absent from a meeting, the members of the Board present shall elect one of their members to preside at that meeting.
- The Board shall, subject to the provisions of this Scheme, have power to regulate its own proceedings.
- The names of all members of the Board and every change in the membership thereof shall be published in the Gazette.
Powers and Duties of the Board:
- The Board shall be the governing authority of the College and shall, without prejudice to any other power conferred by this Scheme, have the power —
- to consider and approve recommendations made to it by the President and the Academic Council in respect of matters relating to the College
- to review and approve arrangements for the holding of examinations leading to the award by the Board or any recognized body, of degree, diplomas, certificate or other awards to persons who have pursued an approved course of study at the College
- to determine, after consultation with the Minister responsible for public service, emoluments for the various categories of staff
- generally to manage, subject to the provisions of this Scheme, the financial affairs of the College including its accounts, investments, property and other business
- to appoint such committee as it considers necessary
- It shall be the duty of the Board to manage and maintain the institution as a college for —
- providing full-time and part-time education and training in the fields of agriculture, science and teacher training for primary and secondary education
- conducting applied research in agricultural disciplines, extension programmes established for farmers, science and education
Procedures and meetings of the Board:
- Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, the Board shall meet at such times as may be expedient for the transaction of its business but such meetings shall not be less than once every quarter
- The Chairman may at any time call a meeting of the Board and shall call a special meeting within ten days of the receipt of a written request for that purpose addressed to him by four members of the Board
- The quorum of the Board shall be ten
- The decisions of the Board shall be by a majority of votes and, in addition to an original vote, the Chairman or other persons presiding at a meeting shall have a casting vote in any case in which the voting is equal
- Minutes in proper form of such meeting of the Board shall be kept
- The validity of any proceedings of the Board shall not be affected by any vacancy in the membership thereof or by any defect in the appointment of any member thereof.
Seal and execution documents:
- The seal of the Board shall be kept in the custody of the Chairman or the Registrar and shall be affixed to instruments pursuant to resolution of the Board in the presence of the Chairman or any other member of the Board and the Registrar
- The seal of the Board shall be authenticated by the signature of the Chairman or any other member of the Board authorized to act on that behalf and the Registrar and such seal shall be officially and judicially noticed
- All documents, other than those required by law to be under seal, made by the Board and all decisions of the Board, may be signified under the hand of the Chairman or any other member of the Board authorized to act on that behalf, or the Registrar
Power of Board to make regulations and fees: The Board may —
- after consultation with the President and with the approval of the Minister, make regulations in respect of all academic and administrative matters relating to the college, and
- with prior approval of the Minister, determine the fees to be charged in respect of admission of students to the College.
Remuneration of Members: There shall be paid to the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and members of the Board, such remuneration whether by way of honorarium, salary or fees and such allowance as the Minister may determine.
Service of Documents: Service of any document upon the Board shall be executed by delivering it, or sending it, by registered post addressed to the Registrar, at the Office of the Board.
Protection of Members:
- No member of the Board shall be personally liable for any act or default of the Board done or omitted to be done in good faith in the course of the operations of the Board.
- Where any member of the Board is exempt from liability by reason only of the provisions of this paragraph, the Board shall be liable to the extent that it would be if the member were a servant or agent of the Board.
Power of Minister to give directions:
- The Minister may, after consultation with the Chairman, give to the Board directions of a general nature as to the discharge by the Board of its functions in relation to matters appearing to the Minister to affect the public interest and the Board shall give effect to any such directions.
- The Board shall afford the Minister all facilities for obtaining information with respect to the property and functions of the Board and shall furnish the Minister with such returns, accounts and other information with respect thereto, as he may, from time to time, require
- The Minister shall have power from time to time to make by-laws for the better carrying out of the provisions of this Scheme and shall consult with the Board in the exercise of such power.
Appointment of staff:
- The Board may, with the prior approval of the Minister, appoint and employ a President on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.
- The President shall recommend to the Board, for appointment and employment on such terms and conditions as the Board thinks fit, a Registrar and such number of Vice-Presidents and members of faculty as he considers necessary for the College.
- The President may appoint and employ on such terms and conditions as he thinks fit such officers and employees as he considers necessary for the College.
Duties of President: The President shall -
- exercise over the faculty and non-academic staff of the College and shall be responsible for the maintenance of discipline and standards of performance consistent with the aims and objectives of the College.
- Subject to regulations made under sub-paragraph
- the President shall —
- suspend any student from the College, or
- after consultation with the Board, expel any student from the College, if in the Board’s opinion, there is just and reasonable cause for such expulsion.
- The President shall, after consultation with the Board and with approval of the Minister, make regulations in respect of student matters relating to the College, and such regulations shall include the right of a student to a fair hearing and to representation where charges are made against a student.
Duties of Registrar: The Registrar shall -
- be the secretary to the Board, the Academic Council and any committee appointed by the Board under this Scheme, and
- carry out such duties as may be assigned to him from time to time by the Board or the President.
Curriculum: The general curricula and scheme of examinations for students shall be approved by the Board after consultation with the Academic Council.
Grant of Degree, Diploma, etc:
The Board or other recognized body shall, on being satisfied that a student who has pursued courses of study at the College and has passed the required examinations set in relation to those courses of study, confer any degree, diploma, certificate or other mark or distinction on that student.
- The Board shall, in conferring any degree, diploma, certificate or other mark or distinction under sub-paragraph
- have regard to rules governing the grant thereof specified by the University Council of Jamaica or the Joint Board of Teacher Education or any such body approved by the Minister.
Constitution, powers and duties of Academic Council:
- The Academic Council shall consist of—
- the President, who shall be Chairman thereof
- such members of the faculty as are directly in charge of the main branches of studies, as to say, the members of the faculty who have the responsibility for directing the various approved courses of study;
- not more than fifteen other members of the faculty approved by the Board on the recommendation of the President.
- The Academic Council may make recommendations to the Board on all matters affecting the academic programmes of the College.
- It shall be the duty of the Academic Council to assist and advise the President in relation to such matters as the Board may specify from time to time.
- The Academic Council may, in its discretion, consult with or seek the advice of persons who are not members of the staff of the College or members of the Board and such persons may be invited to meetings of the Academic Council for that purpose, but shall have no voting rights at such meetings.
- The Academic Council shall have the power to regulate its own proceedings.
President may establish a business enterprise
- The President may, with the approval of the Board, establish, in the name of the College, any business enterprise to trade commercially in any commodity produced by the College or which is acquired by the College in the course of the furthering of its aims and objectives.
- The business enterprise shall be an independent self-sustaining entity, the operations of which shall conform to the best commercial standards.
- The Board may approve the use of income from such business enterprise to finance
- not more than thirty-three and a third per cent of the operating expenses of the College
- applied research, scholarship, programme enrichment and development;
- expansion of that business enterprise.