UWI St Augustine Guild says staff members crossed line with protests
Friday, May 01, 2015
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad – The Guild of Students from the University of the West Indies St Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago has expressed great concern for the safety, sanctity and respect for students, which it says the protesting members of staff on the campus have totally ignored.
The Guild on Thursday posted a statement to its Facebook page acknowledging that every individual or group has the right to freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest, but said the staff members have crossed the line in the past few days, students have again been made to feel the effects of a stalled negotiation that has nothing to do with them.
The Guild noted that the actions taken by the staff will “inevitably lead to a deterioration of the relationship between staff and students that will outlive the examination period”.
The Guild of Students stated that they were informed that during a examination that was being held on Monday April 27, the protesting staff stormed the examination rooms and disrupted the proceedings.
The statement said it distracted, annoyed and further stressed the students who were sitting examinations. The Guild also said it believes that the exercise carried out by the staff was “unproductive” and showed total disregard for the student population.
The statement went on to say that the students are being unfairly used a pawns or bargaining tools to settle negotiations. This the Guild said can equate to an uncivilised approach to conflict resolution.
“The Campus’ Administration has sought to put in place security measures to prevent this from reoccurring and an assurance was given that the strengthened security support outside of examination rooms would be continued until the examination period ends on May 15 2015,” the statement read.
The Guild said it is hoping that an amicable resolution can be reached between the parties involved but insisted that, in the interim, any such action to negatively and unfairly affect students will not be supported or tolerated by the Guild of Students.
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