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Report: UTech needs more Government control

Published:Monday | March 10, 2014 | 2:18 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The authors of a report into the operations of the University of Technology (UTech) say with the allegations of bad governance the Government needs to exercise more control over the University.




It added that the institution needs to be reminded that it is not autonomous but owned and answerable to the Government.



UTech, previously the College of Arts, Science and Technology, CAST was established in 1999 under the UTech Act.



The report said the Government must also decide whether it wants a duplication of the University of the West Indies or a university with emphasis on technical areas to feed the economy.



It made the recommendation in light of what it found was UTech wanting to expand into the arts.



The advisory committee said this is creating a lot of tension in the university community.



And the report said there is an apparent stranglehold on the university from the work of the vice-president of planning and operations post that has at least six specific functions.



It noted that the position appears to be a strong contributor of the problems at UTech.



The committee has recommended the establishment of a group of eminent persons to review the UTech Act to ensure that the university operates within Government policy.



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