Union tells lecturers to withhold grades
The West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT) today urged lecturers to continue withholding grades for students at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) until it "receives a satisfactory response" from the institution to the payment of arrears in salaries.
Media reports had earlier indicated that the students were expected to get their semester results later on Friday, one month after sitting examinations.
However, WIGUT, which held a general membership meeting on Wednesday, said there was a unanimous decision that "WIGUT members not enter any marks into Banner for Semester 1 nor should they submit any electronic mark sheets until such time that WIGUT receives a satisfactory response from the Campus Principal and/or Campus Senior Management".
On June 24 last year, the management of The UWI St Augustine and WIGUT agreed on the revised terms and conditions for the academic, senior administrative and professional staff of the campus.
Classes at the campus are due to begin on Monday and students have been registering for classes.
A memorandum from the Campus Registrar, Richard Saunders, had indicated that results would be released on Friday.
The delay in releasing the grades was previously blamed on the university's change to a new GPA system.
The university had said that the delay was recommended to allow the Board of Examiners to thoroughly scrutinise all results since it was the first examination period for which the new GPA system will be applied.
However, WIGUT said it was urging its members to "hold fast and stay true to the course" advising them not to be intimidated or threatened with demotion.
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