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Settle UTech matter before students suffer

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is alarmed and very disappointed in how the issue of agreed payments to the lecturers at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) is being managed by the Government of Jamaica and, in particular the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

Retroactive payments were determined and a payment plan agreed with timelines and specific dates for payments to begin. The Government of Jamaica has not honoured their agreement.

How can a Government which claims to be the champion of young people treat this matter in this way? Is the prime minister aware that Minister Nigel Clarke is treating a very important issue with scant regard?

The NDM demands that Minister Clarke immediately bring this matter to a conclusion now and return the approximately 11,400 students to classes and to continue their treasured education.

The NDM understands that there are other vexed issues at UTech which will be addressed later, but for today the present situation cannot be allowed to continue another day.

Peter Townsend

President

National Democratic Movement

ndmjamaica@yahoo.com


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