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Education Ministry calls meeting with disgruntled UTech staff

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 11:55 AM
Protestors at the University of the Technology, Jamaica on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - Ian Allen photo

The Ministry of Education is reporting that it has invited the President of the University of Technology (UTech) and staff union representatives to a meeting this afternoon.

The meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

The meeting comes after upset students and staff protested at the entrance of the institution this morning.

Among other things, they accused the government of underfunding and failing to address other longstanding issues at the university.

In a statement this morning, the Ministry said in a letter to  UTech president Professor Stephen Vasciannie  Acting Permanent Secretary Dr Grace McLean advised that subsequent to a meeting held last Friday, February 15, a meeting has been arranged with Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke.

The Ministry said today’s meeting will address issues to do with salary adjustment, duty concession and the remuneration package for staff employed to the university.

McLean also advised that in the wake of last Friday’s meeting a verification audit of posts at the university commenced today and that the relevant documentation is being prepared for submission to the Cabinet.

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