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UTech probe report due in two weeks

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2014 | 8:41 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A committee probing issues causing disquiet at the University of Technology (UTech) is to submit a final report to the Education Minister by month-end.




Last year, the academic and administrative staff raised concerns about employment irregularities as well as the management of the university's money.



The allegations were strongly denied by the UTech's top brass classified the grouses as misunderstandings.



The Maxine Henry-Wilson chaired, Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission named a special advisory committee headed by Ambassador Derrick Heaven.



Wilson told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that a preliminary report is being revised which will be submitted to the Education Minister Ronald Thwaites.



The education ministry intervened following a media publication by UTech’s staff and administrative unions alleging financial irregularities including the accumulation of a $100-million deficit in one year.



Following the deadline for submissions to the committee on November 25 last year, the Ministry said it would have taken six weeks to deliberate over the disputed issues.



The Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Auditor General are reviewing several allegations raised by the staff and academic unions.



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