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Groups representing staff at UTech meets to discuss next step

Published:Thursday | March 27, 2014 | 9:39 AM

Groups representing staff at the University of Technology (UTech) are to meet this morning to discuss their next step as they press for changes in how the institution is managed.



The UTech Academic Staff Union, UTech Administrative Support Staff Association and the University and Allied Workers Union had given Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, until yesterday to respond to their concerns.



The groups had asked the education minister to take decisive action following a damning report by the special advisory committee which had reviewed the governance and financial affairs at UTech.



The committee said it found, among other things, that the management has been flouting government guidelines, making unapproved appointments and spending without proper accounting.



It recommended that President Professor Errol Morrison be separated from the institution and that the government exercise more control over the university.



The groups representing staff at UTech had called for the executive management of the university to be sent on leave immediately.



Professor Morrison has dismissed the report saying he acted correctly in managing the institution.



The university's council has indicated it will allow him to continue until his contract ends next February.



A representative of one of the groups told our news centre last evening that up to yesterday they had not received any feedback from Thwaites or the education ministry.



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