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UPDATE: UTech students asked to attend classes despite sit-in by lecturers

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has requested that students attend classes as scheduled, despite industrial action being taken by lecturers at the institution.

UTech President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, in a statement this afternoon, noted that: “Some lecturers did not deliver their lectures today,” however, “the university requests that students attend classes as scheduled until further notice”.

Vasciannie said he has invited the leadership of UTech's Academic Staff Union (UTASU) to a meeting at 3:00 pm today to discuss the current situation.

OBSERVER ONLINE has been informed that lecturers at the tertiary institution staged a sit-in this morning, protesting the lack of funding that the institution has received over the years.

A student said one lecturer sent a message via WhatsApp informing that: “there will be no class today…please read lecture 3 on selection criteria…in preparation for next week”.

According to sources, the lecturers met yesterday and decided to withdraw their services until Thursday.

Vasciannie said a further communique will be issued following the meeting this afternoon.

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