Cabinet calls on UTT to explain process by which lecturers were dismissed

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 13:00

Cabinet is calling on the management of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) to explain to the public the process that was undertaken to arrive at the decision to dismiss staff.

A statement by the Ministry of Education says that while the Cabinet is aware and understands the need for this move, the UTT must be given the opportunity to fully elaborate on the process that was followed to the public.

The point was also made, that the letters of termination that have already been issued to academic staff members will stand as valid.

On the matter of the halt to the issuing of the remainder of the termination letters, Cabinet has left it to the University to decide when it will continue with the process.

Further, the Ministry of Education says it has now sufficiently ventilated, mediated and addressed concerns of all parties involved and will be stepping out of the day to day involvement in this issue.

"The Minister of Education, like the Cabinet, believes that the UTT is capable of handling this process and looks forward to the University strengthening its human resources while maintaining service excellence to its major stakeholder, the students," the statement said.

It added that the Ministry of Education will continue to monitor the process with the University to ensure that all students that may be potentially affected by this restructuring will be sufficiently accommodated to ensure that no student is adversely affected by this move.