KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has admitted that it has lost its control over social interventions programming in most communities, but believes that with sustained government support it can carry on its work.
The issue came up Wednesday, as the weekly meeting of Parliament's Public Adminis ...more »
DISGRUNTLED University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) academic staff yesterday stuck to their plan to wear black at a special installation ceremony for the institution's third pro-chancellor, and added to their protest by walking out immediately after the induction.
The protest, staged in front of state officials and diplomats, embarrassed the university's hierarchy, including President Professor Errol Morrison who yesterday wrote to the head of the university's staff union requesting formal documentation of the concerns, some of which were published in yesterday's daily newspapers.
According to a UTech news release yesterday, Morrison "noted that the concerns of the union have not been formally brought to the table for discussion, but have only been raised anecdotally". In his letter to the union, Morrison said that he would welcome "constructive consultation and dialogue" with the union so that the issues can be appropriately addressed.
Yesterday, the Jamaica Observer reported that academic staff at the university were unhappy with a number of administrative issues and had planned either to boycott or wear black to the installation ceremony for Vivian Crawford as UTech's third pro-chancellor.
Sources at UTech have told the Observer that administration at the university is weak.
"The feeling here is that the place is being run into the ground," one source said without giving specifics.
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