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UTech dismisses course cancellation claims

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The University of Technology (UTech) has moved to dismiss claims that it plans to discontinue its offering of a science education programme in the Faculty of Science and Sports.

In an email response to The Gleaner, Professor Colin Gyles, deputy president and former dean of the faculty, was swift to set the record straight.

"UTech has no plan to discontinue the science and education course of study. The science and education course remains one of our flagship courses that has produced highly trained professional graduates who have been making significant contributions to our education sector," he said.

The Gleaner had learnt that administrators in the faculty were discussing a possible discontinuation of the programme due to a drastic decrease in enrolment.

A Gleaner request for enrolment figures to the programme over the past five years revealed a fluctuation over the period. In 2010 and 2011, the intake was 33 and 45, respectively. A decrease was experienced in 2012 with a recorded intake of 37. Intake increased to 45 in 2013 and slid precipitously to 15 in 2014.

Gyles provided an explanation for the decline.

"Please note that the reduction in intake indicated for 2014-15 is on account of the separation of the mathematics and education students into a separate group, totaling 36. Hence, it is not correct that the overall enrolment has decreased significantly," he said