The ceremony to induct the University of Technology's (UTech) third pro-chancellor, Vivian Crawford, was yesterday marred by a protest by members of the university's academic and administrative staff.
The group of mostly lecturers, dressed in full black and armed with placards, voiced their displeasure with the manner in which the university's top brass has been handling several issues.
"The academic staff at the university has been disgruntled for quite some time about the governance structure of the university and we have spoken to the administration about the matter," Meredith Williams, secretary of UTech Academic Staff Union, said.
"Unfortunately, to date, we have not gotten the kind of response that we wanted from them," Williams said.
CALL FOR RESIGNATIONS
At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the lecturers passed two resolutions for the immediate resignation of the university's council and a no-confidence vote in UTech's executive managers.
However, following the ceremony yesterday, UTech's president, Professor Errol Morrison, said he had invited the disgruntled staff members to put their grouses in writing.
"Whatever [problems] they have, [they should] write it, and the governance, as represented by senior managers, will sit and discuss how things are done … . I just think it's a matter of not really understanding what we are trying to do," Morrison said.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said the ministry will not be intervening in the impasse at this time, as though the university is financed by the Government, its operations are autonomous.