and arbitrary transfer by the Peel District School Board of a
prominent school Principal has caused great consternation in the Indo
Caribbean/South Asian communities and a lot of pain to the man
Dr Sandy Kissoon Singh, formerly of Fairview
Elementary School in Mississauga was in June of this year divested of
his position as Principal of the school and subsequently transferred
to Huntingdon Ridge Elementary School in the capacity of Vice
The action by the School Board has raised the ire
of community organizations and individuals and has led to the
formation of the Committee to Reinstate Dr Sandy Kissoon Singh as
principal of Fairview Elementary School in Mississauga.
In a release the Committee stated that it views the
action taken by the Peel District School Board against Dr Kissoon
Singh as "illegal, unfair and discriminatory."
It is calling for "a review of the unfair
dismissal of Dr Sandy Kissoon Singh and his immediate reinstatement to
his former position."
It is also seeking to have an investigation done to
determine who is responsible for this unpalatable affair so as to
ensure that no other person would be made to suffer a similar fate.
Born in Trinidad, Dr Kissoon Singh has served the
Peel Board for many years as a teacher and vice principal. He was
appointed principal of Fairview Elementary School for just two
semesters before his removal. Last June, his Superintendent of
Education from the Peel Public School Board notified him by letter
that he would be removed from his post as principal. He was asked to
immediately clear all his belongings from the school's premises.
According to the mild mannered Dr Kissoon Singh,
the charge against him was that he was "intimidating" to
The Committee contended that not only did the
School Board not follow the procedures for disciplining principals in
Dr Kissoon Singh's case but that there was no inquiry and that he was
not allowed any opportunity to defend himself against the charges, or
face his accusers. Further, that the former Principal received no
prior warnings or reprimands about his performance.
Since his demotion cum transfer, Dr Kissoon Singh
has taken ill and is off the job.
The Committee, under the Chairmanship on Reynold
Ramdial is charging that this "is a plain case of abuse of the
disciplinary process for administrators in the Peel School Board, and
an act of injustice and discrimination against Dr Sandy Kissoon Singh,
the South Asian Community in particular and visible minorities as a
The Committee argues that the dismissal of Dr
Kissoon Singh has sent a message to the Indo Caribbean/South Asian
community in Peel that they need not try to achieve higher positions
in the administration of the Peel School Board.
"It has reinforced public suspicion of the
reasons for the chronic under representation of South Asians as
teachers, administrators, office staff and guidance counselors in the
Peel Board, as compared to their share of the Peel population. It has
confirmed what South Asians know to be the hidden barriers to hiring
and promotion and the glass ceiling for South Asians based on their
ethnicity," it said in its release.
In its effort to support Dr Kissoon Singh, the
Committee is currently researching systemic barriers and prejudice
against people of Indian background in the Peel School Board. It is
calling on those people with information to support the Committee by
contacting Reynold Ramdial at 416-540-0192 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.