Sep 07, 2016 News
Medical School Administrator, Nanda Kissoon, has once again found herself in hot water, after scores of students and parents descended upon her institution yesterday, demanding refunds following damning revelations of her
involvement in school frauds spanning back almost a decade.
The institution, which goes by the name, “North Shore”, is located at 218 Lamaha Street Georgetown, and has approximately 120 students attending.
One parent, Mrs. Bascom (only name given), said that she learnt of the courses being offered at the school during a popular weekly television programme. She subsequently enrolled her son some weeks later and claims she has already paid in excess of $120,000 to Kissoon.
However, it was brought to her attention that the administrator was fingered in various Medical School scams within the last decade. Mrs. Bascom said that she became concerned and began conducting a series of investigations – all of which led to Kissoon being the same woman that was accused of fraudulently obtaining money in exchange of phony medical certificates that are not excepted anywhere in Guyana.
The disgruntled woman said that she tried to make contact with Kissoon, but to no avail. It was after she visited the school yesterday with her son that she realised – she was not the only one suspicious of Kissoon.
In fact, there were scores of parents and students standing outside the building requesting an audience with Kissoon, who refused to meet with them.
Kissoon had locked the doors and remained inside with the few students who were unaware of what was going on.
While some of the parents departed for the Alberttown Police Station to lodge their
complaints, others returned home with their children. However, some students remained on the premises in hopes of confronting the woman when she came down at the end of the morning’s session.
These students subsequently texted their classmates still in the building with Kissoon, informing them of what was going. It was then that the students began exiting the building with the exception of two.
Concerns were raised by students after they found out that their two colleagues were still upstairs. The duo was messaged by a friend, who was later informed that they could not leave since Kissoon had padlocked the grills.
When this publication arrived at the institution, it was being announced by students and a parent, that the two students were being held against their will by the administrator.
Kissoon could be seen from beyond the security grill where she was asked specifically if there were any students in the building with her. She responded with a nod, “No”.
Kissoon retreated further into the building avoiding the cameras and questions from the media, with a perplexed look on her face.
Meanwhile, tensions were running high downstairs. Students were contemplating whether they should break the locks or not since the police – after being contacted an hour earlier – had failed to show up.
Media operatives who were on scene began making calls to the Commander of the ‘D’ Division, Marlon Chapman, requesting that he look into the matter since students were beginning to grow impatient and worried. The duo had
stopped replying to their colleagues.
The Commander said that ranks would be arriving from the Alberttown Police Station to the location shortly. Two hours later and the police were nowhere in sight.
Members of the Media fraternity then went down to the Alberttown Police Station to inquire what was causing the delay. The journalists were told that there were no ranks available. Upon departing the station, a senior rank made contact with the reporters informing them that a team would be sent to the institution. A four-man team arrived shortly after.
The team made efforts to engage Kissoon but to no avail. The two students were then seen exiting the building, however Kissoon remained inside the premises despite calls being made by the police for her to exit.
This triggered the frustration amongst the students and parents who insisted that the ranks break down the door and arrest Kissoon. The police refused to, saying that they were not authorised to do so.
The owner of the property who lives next door, subsequently gave permission to break the locks, but the police still did not budge.
Mode of entry: Ladder
After an hour of deliberation, a vehicle carrying a ladder pulled up. The ladder was used by the police, in the presence of the building owner, to gain access to the building via the windows on the northern side.
Even as tension amongst the gathering escalated, persons were still showing up to the institution to be registered. The enthusiastic looks on the aspiring medical students’ faces transformed into looks of disbelief and anger. Many remained at the location to get a glimpse of Kissoon who was at the time, being escorted out of the building.
She was welcomed by a chorus of “fraud, fraud”.
Passersby, who stopped to inquire what was going on, shook their heads in disgust after learning that Kissoon is once again, involved in what appears to be a scam. She was taken away by the ranks. The police are currently investigating the matter.
As previously stated, this is not the first time that Kissoon is being accused of fraud. In fact, back in 2009, Kissoon, who goes by several aliases including: Gita Kissoon, Johanna Gray, Juan Singh, Juan Craig, Nanda Kissoon and Nandranie Kissoon, was arrested. She was released on $100,000 bail.
In 2013, Kissoon opened the “Inter-American Nursing School and later the Guyana Health Care Education Institute. Both schools were closed due to the then Government’s intervention after fraud was unearthed.
In 2014, Kissoon had reopened the Inter-American Nursing School but by then, word of the woman’s knack for being involved in scams had spread. The school was closed down sometime after because of pressure she was receiving from her students.
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