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.