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UTech's Gyles said no such thing

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am pleased to note a less-contentious tone in recent contributions to The Gleaner on the College of Oral Health Sciences and the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech).

I wish, however, to correct the suggestions that deputy president Professor Colin Gyles had referred to the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment as an accreditation body and that he had sought to address the issue of accreditation while completely evading it.

Professor Gyles, in his article published April 28, 2015 in The Gleaner, had, in fact, said, "UTech's dental programme, for example, is recognised by the Dental Council of Jamaica, the responsible body that licenses dentists to practise in Jamaica. Further, UTech's dental programme is recognised by the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA), which assesses and approves dentists to practise in the United States and Canada. The CDCA is described as being like the gold standard for dental competency assessment."

In response to an assertion that graduates were about to be let loose on an unsuspecting world, which might have caused public anxiety about the competency of the graduates and their legitimacy to practise, Professor Gyles highlighted the fact that the competency of UTech dental students would be independently verified and that they would fulfil the legal requirements to be licensed as dentists.

In matters affecting the integrity of individuals, and, in this case, a distinguished academic in the exercise of his professional functions, it is important that Professor Gyles be accorded the respect due to him. In this regard, care should be taken to be accurate and truthful in framing whatever constitutes a public record.

BURCHELL WHITEMAN

Acting President

University of Technology,

Jamaica