UTech Staff & Students to Protest for Increase in Govt Subvention


Staff and students of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) are planning a protest today to press home demands for an increase in government subventions and an increase in salary.

Well-placed sources tell Nationwide News that the stakeholders at the university are disgruntled as they say other tertiary institutions are receiving more government funding than UTech. It’s understood that both staff and students are frustrated.

Nationwide News also understands that staff members and students will wear black and stage a sit-in during what they’re describing as a ‘major protest’ today across all UTech campuses. It’s also understood that classes will not be held.

Last year, stakeholders at the tertiary institution took industrial action.

At that time, then President of the UTech Academic Staff Union, Lebert Langley, revealed that UTech received 147-thousand dollars per student in comparison to the University of the West Indies, UWI, that receives 454-thousand and the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts that receives 739-thousand.

But, Education Minister, Ruel Reid, said several of the university’s programmes had expanded beyond what the government had approved.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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