Students should report for classes amid protest by lecturers - says UTech head
Acting president of the Papine-based University of Technology, UTech, Professor Kofi Nkrumah-Young says students are to report for classes despite notification from the academic staff that services will be withdrawn today.
At a first protest last Thursday, the union said governance issues at the school were driving the discontent.
Secretary of the staff union, Meredith Williams says the teachers are also protesting what she called the victimisation of two of its members by UTech’s administration.
President of the UTech Students’ Union, Greaville Smith says the issue must be resolved quickly to bring an end to the uncertainty.
He told our News Centre that while some lecturers have turned up for classes, students have reported several cases where lecturers have not turned up.
However, Professor Nkrumah-Young told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre a short while ago that an assessment is now underway and following a meeting with administration officials within the next hour, a decision will be announced.
He says students are to report for classes until a decision is made.
At an emergency meeting last 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.
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