Tue | Jan 23, 2018

Former STETHS head boy elected UWI guild president

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 4:49 PM
Oshane Grant – Contributed

Oshane Grant, a former head boy of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), has been elected president of the Guild of Students of the University of the West Indies, Mona after a fractious campaign.

The 25-year-old polled 1,234 votes to beat four other aspirants in yesterday's polls that were almost derailed following an alleged unconstitutional act by the outgoing leadership of the student guild.

Grant has described himself as being "passionate" about student rights, stating he is determined to ensure that students get the best possible representation.

The president-elect, a final-year student in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, campaigned on a promise to advocate for reforms of the pricing of student housing on campus as well as to increase funding assistance for poor students.

The housing issue emerged as a controversy earlier this year following protests by students over the pricing of new accommodations being built by 138 Student Living as well as the renovation of existing residences.

Hours before yesterday's election, outgoing president, Mikaela Gonzales, sent an email advising the university administration that the guild council had decided to postpone the polls  because of a "lack of fair treatment across the board".

However, the university leadership responded that such actions were against the guild's constitution and that only the returning officer could make the decision.

The claims of irregularities have not been publicly addressed.

Grant will assume office as President on June 1.