THE EDITOR, Sir:
I AM deeply concerned about the recent development regarding the stand-off between the Guild Council and the administration at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. I believe it is highly unfair for the administration to ask Daniel Wilson, the current president of the Guild Council, to resign because of the unfortunate disruption of final examinations by protesters earlier this year. While I agree that the protesters should not have disrupted the exams, I do not believe that removing the incumbent president will obviate the chance that such disruptions may happen again.
Although he organised and led the demonstrations, he clearly stated in the news that the disruptions were never a part of any intended actions or plans by the organisers of the protests. The disturbance of the exams was evidently a spontaneous act carried out by a mass of angry students and, consequently, it was not a part of any grand scheme by the president. Rather than pursue such a heavy-handed decision as to compel the president to resign, I think that the university's administration should engage in productive dialogue in order to discuss measures as to how to prevent such disturbances from happening in the future, as well as to tackle the issues which precipitated the protests.
Open and honest communication between the administration and the guild is a necessity for the improvement of the welfare of the students, as well as the university community as a whole. Instead of the pursuit of authoritarian measures, the administration should concentrate on how best to ameliorate the underlying issues which affect the students. Only an honest examination of these underlying concerns and open dialogue with perhaps the university's most important stakeholders, the students, can point the best way forward for the institution.