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Thwaites to UTech: Meet again to address concerns in damning report

Published:Thursday | March 20, 2014 | 8:43 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has recommended that the governing council of the University of Technology (UTech) hold another meeting to address concerns raised in a report on the institution.

In a 24-page report, an advisory committee concluded that UTech has been flouting government guidelines, making unapproved appointments and spending without proper accounting.

The report had also said it did not think Professor Errol Morrison's continuation as UTech president would be in the best interest of the university.

The UTech council met on Monday, considered that recommendation and subsequently informed that Professor Morrison will remain until his contract expires in February next year.

The council did not speak to the other issues in the report, except to say it had carefully weighed the issues in the report and was recommending that all stakeholders come together for the betterment of the University.

Thwaites says the council has not finished the agenda and he has called for another meeting to address the outstanding issues.

Yesterday, the three staff unions at the university indicated that they had written to the Education Minister, giving him seven days to act decisively on the report's recommendations.

Public Relations Officer for the UTech Academic Staff Union, Eraldine Williams Shakespeare, says if the Education Minister does not respond within the next seven days, the staff unions will call a press conference on the matter.

The UTech Academic Staff Union, Administrative Support Staff Association and the University and Allied Workers Union have also written to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller asking her to act decisively in the matter.

UTech has rejected many of the findings contained in the report from the advisory committee.


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