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'Major recommendations' for UTech's leadership submitted to Thwaites

Published:Monday | March 3, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The committee probing allegations of financial irregularities at the University of Technology (UTech) has submitted a report to the Education Minister Ronald Thwaites.

It is understood that the report contains 'major recommendations' relating to the university's leadership and finances.

The chairperson of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, Maxine Henry-Wilson, says the committee submitted its report to the Education Minister last week.

The committee, chaired by Ambassador Derrick Heaven, was set up in October amid a dispute between UTech’s administration and several of its staff unions which alleged financial irregularities.

Henry-Wilson says last week, Thwaites met with the committee and that he will soon address the contents of the report.

The education ministry intervened in the UTech dispute following a newspaper advertisement by the university's academic and administrative unions alleging employment and financial irregularities.

The unions specifically claimed that the university accumulated a $100-million deficit in one year.

UTech's top brass had denied the allegations, classifying them as grouses and misunderstandings. 

The Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Auditor General had also been called in to to review the allegations raised by the staff and academic unions.

It is not clear if their reports have been submitted.


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