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UTech dispute: Two-week deadline set for outstanding documents submission

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2013 | 9:32 AM

The committee probing the dispute between the University of Technology (UTech) and its administrative and academic staff has given a two-week deadline for the submission of outstanding pertinent documents.



The deadline was issued to all stakeholders during a meeting yesterday.



Submissions should be made by Monday, November 25.



The academic and administrative staff had voiced their displeasure over the management of the university's funds and employment irregularities.



The allegations were strongly denied by the UTech's top brass, who classified the staff's grouses as a misunderstanding.



A statement from the education ministry said the committee will take six weeks to deliberate over the disputed issues.



It says stakeholders who make submissions may be invited to appear before the committee.



It is expected that the outcome from the committee will be a set of recommendations for the Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites to act on.



The special advisory committee, set up by the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, is being chaired by Ambassador Derrick Heaven.



Thwaites has also called for the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Auditor General to review issues.



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