Panel to be named next week to resolve UTech/staff dispute
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
A panel is to be named next week that is expected to bring about a resolution to the dispute between staff and the leadership of the University of Technology (UTech).
A dispute developed last month after UTech’s Academic Staff Union accused the university of breaching governance guidelines.
The education ministry intervened following a media publication by the union alleging financial irregularities including the accumulation of $100-million deficit in one year.
Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites assigned the matter to the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, chaired by Maxine Henry-Wilson.
Henry-Wilson says the matter is being managed delicately as it involves the rebuilding of relationships.
She says the terms of reference for the panel have already been identified.
Henry-Wilson says it is expected that there would be no further protest action by the staff in order to allow the panel to do its job.
The education ministry has also called in the Auditor General and the inspection division of the Ministry of Finance to look at the administrative and governance arrangements at the university.
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