THERE appears to be growing discontent over the administration of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) which, one source told the Jamaica Observer, could result in a strike by the academic staff.
The dissatisfaction, the Observer was told last night, will likely be ventilated at function planned for the UTech campus in Papine, St Andrew today.
One student told the Observer that word on the campus was that the staff are planning to wear black at this afternoon's
special installation ceremony for Vivian Crawford as UTech's third pro-chancellor.
However, a university official told the Observer that the staff are planning to boycott the ceremony, scheduled for 4:00 pm at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium on the UTech campus in Papine, St Andrew.
A boycott of the ceremony would be a major embarrassment to the university hierarchy, especially because it will be attended by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, Government ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, the business community, and other specially invited guests.
A press invitation from UTech said that Chancellor Edward Seaga will preside over the ceremony, while UTech Principal Professor Errol Morrison and Education Minister Ronald Thwaites will speak.
The Observer was unable to reach Professor Morrison for a comment but, according to the UTech official, the staff are disgruntled about a number of issues.
Another source said that the more than 50-year-old institution is being poorly run.
"The administration is very weak. The feeling here is that the place is being run into the ground," the source said without giving specifics.
One student, who spoke to the Observer on condition of anonymity, said that he spent a total of six hours over two days trying to deal with administration issues at the start of this semester.
"I had a most difficult time with registration," the student said, adding that there are lots of errors in the online registration process.
The obviously frustrated student said he took time off from work both days to deal with the issue.
"Even after that I still had problems, and I was just one of many students who experienced those difficulties," he said.